Are you tired of showing up for your music lessons unprepared? Are you unhappy with the amount of time you practicing every week? Are you frustrated because you don’t feel like you’re progressing on your instrument?
If you answered yes to any of those then you know that something needs to change. And the good news is that, there’s one simple fix for all of those situations. Practice more.
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Are you tired of showing up for your music lessons unprepared? Practice more.
Are you unhappy with the amount of time you practicing every week? Practice more.
Are you frustrated because you don’t feel like you’re progressing on your instrument? Practice more.
Putting The Time In Is The Only Way To See Guaranteed Results
Hopefully you see how simple this solution is and won’t dismiss it as an oversimplification.
There’s no quick trick to getting better. There’s no secret to becoming a talented musician. There’s no one method, course or hack that will make you a better player if you don’t practice.
And that’s the amazing part about learning music; you have complete control over your own success.
You just need to put in the time.
And here are five things you can do to make putting the time in easier.
3 Ways To Help You Put The Time In AND Practice More
CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE SPONTANEOUS PRACTICING CAN OCCUR.
When I’m sitting down and my bass is within reach, more often than not, I pick it up and start playing. I don’t have to think about it, I don’t have to plan it. I just see the instrument and pick it up.
That kind of unconscious action to play your instrument is powerful, because it is not a function of will power, but desire. And you can easily help that desire along.
Make your instrument conspicuous.You want it practically underfoot.
I used to have a separate practice space in my apartment. I had very logical reasons for it, but the fact was that it wasn’t working out for me. So I moved my bass.
I spend a lot of time at my computer desk so that’s where I moved my bass and music stand. Now, when I need a little break, or even when I just pause for a second, I find myself picking up the instrument and running some scales, or working through an exercise or two.
Because it’s right there.
This brings me to my next tip.
GET YOUR PRACTICING IN WHENEVER YOU CAN.
Werner used to live in an apartment full of musicians who loved TV. They would watch shows and jam during the commercials. Occasionally, when a jam was particularly hot, they would let it spill over a minute or two into the program. This continued happening, and the jamming kept pushing further and further past the commercial breaks until everyone in the apartment was able to jam on jazz standards and watching TV at the same time.
Years later, I lived for 10 months or so with a guitar player who always practicing guitar. He wasn’t hidden away in a practice studio. He didn’t disappear for hours. While he was home not engaged in anything else, he always had his guitar in hand.
We’d be sitting there, watching TV, and he’d be running scales, arpeggios and licks. It drove me a bit crazy, but I can see how it helped him get time in with his instrument he wouldn’t have had otherwise.
I’m not saying you should practice guitar in front of the TV. I’m not saying you shouldn’t.
The idea is that you just fit practicing in whenever you have time, even if you are doing something else.
KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO PRACTICE NEXT.
I will make you a promise. If every time you end a practice session you plan out what you want to work on the next day, you will end up practicing more often, and get more from it.
If you are anything like me, when you first pick up your instrument, you instantly start playing one of your favorite riffs. You may mess around with it for a few minutes, and when you’re done you pause and wonder, what now.
If you know exactly what comes “now,” you’ll have a better chance of transitioning straight into it than if you still have to decide what to do.
If you are taking guitar lessons, your instructor will help you structure your practice sessions each week. If you aren’t taking lessons, find a daily exercise book and just start plugging away at it.
This list is only the beginning.
You will find that the more you create an environment in which practicing can happen, the more you will practice without forcing it. Without planning it. You will discover how to enjoy practicing and always come ready for your guitar lessons.
To help you remember them, here is a graphic that you can download or share on your social networks as a reminder.
These are a few of my favorite tips, the ones that have helped me practice more, but this list is anything but complete.
We want yo know how you have you managed to work practicing into your daily routine? What worked for you? What didn’t?