How to get more practice time in
Life gets busy and if you’re not a seasoned professional or making a living playing music sometimes it’s hard to find the time to practice. Even if you are a professional sometimes life gets in the way you may have kids, a single aunt or other a ton of friends vying for your attention. Whatever the case, there is a way to squeeze more time out of your practicing. Lets go into it.
Tip One: Practicing away from the guitar
Even if you’re not in front of your guitar and don’t have it on hand you can still practice. There are many skills that don’t require the guitar to practice.
You can practice rhythm guitar by simple tapping you fingers against a hard surface. If you think up a rhythm or have a pad of paper you can write on this and that would be perfect.
You can practice ear training by getting some preset tracks ready or simply singing. There are also plenty of great ear training apps and programs that you can download to your phone and listen to.
You can do visualization, you can use a picture of the fretboard for this, but even then you don’t need one. It’s just as easy to visualize the fretboard in your head and practice that way. In fact, that’s perfect since the exercise skill you’re building is visualization anyways.
All of these exercises can be done while at work, while waiting for food, in the car, on the bus or even while you wait at the dentist/doctor’s office. Use the space where you’re commuting or waiting as practice time.
Tip Two: Set up a practice space
There are plenty of times throughout your day when you probably have 5 or 10 minute windows when you’re not actively involved in something. 5 to 10 minutes of focused practice can give you massive gains. 5 to 10 minutes is enough.
Sit down for those 5 to 10 minutes and focus on one thing. The easiest way to do this is to lower the barrier of entry. The barrier to entry in this context is the need to pull your guitar out and set up. Set up a practice space for yourself so that you can literally just sit down and practice. The only thing you should have to do is go into a different room. You should have a music stand, a chair, your material already out and your guitar on a guitar stand. If it needs to be plugged in, make sure it’s plugged in.
This should be a grab and go type of experience. A lot of people when they think about playing will stop themselves because they’ll say I only have ten minutes, all my stuff is over here, by the time I get started I’ll have to stop, what’s the point instead, I’ll do nothing.
So we need to solve this barrier to entry. The practice space is a perfect solution and 10 minutes will give you a lot of practice. If you can get three of these in one day you just practiced 30 minutes.
If you want to be super-efficient, create a practice space at work, at home and anywhere else where you spend your time.
About the Author:
Chris Glyde is always trying to get the most out of his students and his own day. With a business to run he knows how easy it is to just not practice guitar. These are the tips and strategies he uses in his own life to keep up the work. Want to learn more great tips and Strategies, then check out his awesome Rochester guitar lessons