Summer is A great time of year. Lots of outdoor activities, great concerts, long days, gorgeous weather. People get busy with all of this fun and the same thing happens every year – guitars go back in their case and seldom see the light of day until fall. I’m like everybody else, I want to be outside as much as possible during the summer too and it can be hard to fit guitar practice time in.
During the summer it’s important to not lose the progress that you have made throughout the rest of the year. If you don’t touch your guitar for weeks on end you’re going to end up back where you started. Since it’s difficult for many of us to plan daily guitar practice it’s important to get the most out of the occasional times that you do practice. Here are some ideas for making the most out of even 10 or 15 minutes of practice.
Identify Your Weakness
If you’re only going to play guitar for a few minutes today, it’s important to focus on exercises or activities that will yield the most gain with the least amount of effort. Here are a couple of common weaknesses and what you can do to fix them.
Weakness – I don’t know many songs or my repertoire isn’t very good. Learn a new song, riff, lick every week. Don’t learn complicated leads or super difficult songs. Learn easy songs that can be shown to a friend in a few minutes. Also be sure to play the songs that you do know. It will keep them fresh in your mind and ensure you can play them well. Summer time is all about campfires. Learn some easy strummers and share with your friends and family around the fire.
Weakness – I find it difficult playing faster than X beats per minute. Here’s the cure. Play the same exercise every day for the next 30 days. Each day move the metronome up just one beat. Today you’re at 90, tomorrow you’re at 91. In thirty days you’ll be playing at 120 beats per minute. This works with an exercise, a lick, anything you do on the guitar. Work with your metronome or a program that allows you to adjust the tempo of a song.
I hope this article shows you that you can continue to have plenty of fun outdoors and still make progress with your guitar over the summer. Keep a timer handy. Your phone probably has a timer app. Set the timer for ten or fifteen minutes. After the timer sounds that’s all the practice you need to do. Chances are you’ll sit there for several more minutes because you’re having so much fun. Enjoy the summer and keep the guitar in your hands.
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