Updated: Apr 23, 2018
We all need to practice the guitar but how do we do it? How long should we practice for and how many days a week should we be focusing on practicing if the goal is to get better? Here at Inspire Music School In St Albans we believe that shorter bursts of practice is the more effective method and today we’re going to give you three reasons why.
We need to find a sustainable pace to work at. If we’re trying to do ten hours a day for the rest of our lives its true that yes, you will make progress for a while but you won’t be able to sustain this for very long. I would recommend aiming for 30 minutes (20 minutes for juniors) as a starting point for the player who’s starting out. This is both realistic and achievable and if you’re new to the guitar we don’t want to be faced with Everest at the first hurdle. We want progress over time, the drastic steps of trying to aim for hours constantly might seem doable in one phase of life but our schedule always changes. Eventually what was a big task but doable becomes an impossibility, a hassle and eventually something we just don’t want to do.
2. Retaining Information
Guitar and music in general is made of of many different components, techniques, laws and algorithms. Whilst learning we might wonder how we are going to remember it all? If we think about taking on the various different bits of information we stand a better chance of retaining it. I often encourage students to ‘build a wall of knowledge’. In a nutshell this basically means th