4 Major Mistakes That Make Guitar Practice Less Effective
Your guitar practice becomes very ineffective when you make one or more key mistakes. This wastes your time and leads to tons of unneeded frustration. Avoid these mistakes to practice guitar more effectively and get better results:
You Don’t Have Specific Musical Goals To Work Towards
Many guitar players waste tons of time and experience great frustration because they do not set clear goals for themselves. Don’t end up like this! Without specific guitar playing goals, you have no choice but to practice in a directionless manner. The more clear you can be about what goals you are pursuing, the more clear you can be about what to practice to get there.
Take the time to map out your guitar playing goals ahead of time using these steps:
1. Think of 3-5 long, medium or short term goals. Go into detail with them to make them as precise and tangible as possible. For example, having the goal of “learning X song” can be broken down more specifically as “learning how to play X song all the way through without mistakes 3 times in a row”.
2. Find a guitar teacher who has many great guitar students.
3. Tell this teacher about your musical goals and start taking lessons with him/her. They will create a custom lesson strategy for achieving your goals fast.
4. Follow the specific instructions they give you and practice exactly as they say to reach your goals.
You Never Set New, Challenging Goals
Many guitarists get into the habit of playing the same things over and over because it feels easy. A lot of times, guitar players avoid challenging themselves to achieve bigger things in their playing because they fear failure. As a result, their practice stagnates and they never really go anywhere. Don’t let this fear hold you back from becoming a better guitarist. Look for ways to improve yourself by setting new, challenging goals every month. When you do this, you will be able play anything you want on guitar.
You Practice Everything In Isolation From Everything Else
You get better at guitar faster by integrating your skills together. A lot of guitarists make very slow progress because they practice everything separate from everything else. Additionally, this leads to situations where they are unable to play guitar how they want because they neglected learning how to combine skills together (or neglected one or more skills entirely). A common example of this is guitarists who learn how to play really fast, but never integrate this skill together with phrasing, aural skills, fretboard visualization or any other skill that would help them play better solos. Result: they have very technical playing skills, but can’t do anything musical with them. Work on integrating your skills together and avoid this problem.
You Don’t Track All Areas Of Your Playing
When you track your progress in every aspect of your guitar playing, you know which areas need the most work, which areas are your strong points and how to better prioritize your practice. Without doing this, your practice time is less productive than it could be. For best results, take guitar lessons with a teacher who can identify the areas of your playing that need the most work and show you critical mistakes that hold you back from becoming a better player. With the insight and expertise of a great teacher, it is much easier to know what you should be practicing, how to practice it and which skills are the highest priority for helping you reach your musical goals.
When you avoid the mistakes above, your practice becomes much more effective. Apply the solutions in this article into your guitar playing now and enjoy making super-fast progress.