Practicing Guitar But Still Not Getting Anywhere?
The 5 Things You Better Know About Practicing Guitar
Before You Pick Up Your Guitar Again
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Want to know why your guitar playing progress is still slow even if you take guitar lessons, practice a lot and have been trying to improve for a long time? Are you tired of seeing other people making faster, better and more significant progress on the guitar than you do? Even though they really have no more 'natural talent' or practice time than you do? Few things are more frustrating than investing so much of your time, your energy and your money into becoming the guitar player you want to become, only to wait 'years' to finally get there.
Chances are you are probably standing in your own way of becoming a great guitar player. Most people have more than enough things (licks, techniques, exercises, scales etc.) to practice, but their approach to practicing guitar is often ineffective, inefficient and unorganized. Often times these people blame their slow progress on all kinds of things, when the truth is that they are missing one critical piece to their guitar playing success: a highly effective, customized guitar practice schedule that is personalized to them, and ONLY them, based on their unique skill level, musical challenges, needs and goals. It is not merely your potential, how much you practice and being self disciplined that make the difference between years of struggle and being able to finally play guitar the way you want to play.
There are 5 key reasons why most guitar players (maybe including you) unnecessarily struggle with their guitar playing. All of these reasons directly relate back to not having a highly effective, customized guitar practice schedule. Here is what you need to know:
Don't Believe The Following Myths And Misconceptions:
1. Guitar practice schedules are too rigid and put limitations on me. False!
A guitar practice schedule is a roadmap to freedom of being able to play whatever you want! How? Because if the schedules are goal oriented, highly effective and customized to you, you will overcome the challenges you currently struggle with much faster so that you can play whatever you want fluently, consistently and expressively. The best guitar practice schedules are not rigid nor limit you, in fact they actually free you from limitations. I'll show you the proof in the next few minutes.
2. A guitar practice schedule that worked for somebody else will work for me too. False! The only way that statement could possibly be true, is if you are an exact clone of another person. Think about it... When you go to a doctor with a medical problem, do you want the doctor to give you generic advice, or give you the same medicine he gave to the person before who likely has a totally different problem and medical history than you do? Don't you want, expect and deserve an individual diagnosis and treatment that is based only on YOUR problem, YOUR medical history and anything else that is specific to YOU? Think about what would happen to your health if you didn't get that.
Or think about this: If you hire a personal fitness trainer to help you lose 80 pounds, do you want him to give you the same workout schedule that he gave to another person who needs to lose only 15 pounds? If you were 80 pounds overweight, you would have a completely different set of physical challenges, needs and levels of endurance compared to someone who only needs to lose 15 pounds. You would need a workout and nutrition plan that is specific to you, your situation and how much you can handle right now.
You are an INDIVIDUAL with your own special sets of, needs, goals, and obstacles to overcome in order to become the guitar player you want to be. That means your guitar practice schedule must be designed around YOU and you only.
3. I can create the best guitar practice schedule myself. False! Unless you have consistently trained other people to become great guitar players you probably aren't going to be able to design effective guitar practice schedules for yourself. More importantly, you need your practice schedule to evolve as your needs, goals and skill level evolve, so you would need to not only have the ability to design 'one' effective schedule for yourself, but many different ones over the next several months or years. To make real (and rapid) progress in your guitar playing, you need to practice differently today than you did last month. Another month from now you will again need to practice in a (at least slightly) different way than you are doing now. These small evolving changes are what you need to maximize your practicing. To do this, you need a series of highly effective guitar practice schedules that change as you change.
4. Guitar practice schedules are boring and hard to stick with. False! Only 'boring' schedules are 'boring' and hard to stick with. Fact is, highly effective guitar practice schedules are never boring, they are fun. Some people think that a 'practice schedule' is a list of the same things you should practice every day. You should NOT practice the same things every day! Doing so will actually hurt your development as a guitar player. The best guitar practice schedules are designed as 'multi-day routines' with the perfect balance of variety.
5. Guitar practice schedules can probably make only a small difference in my improvement as a guitar player, not a big one. False! When you use a highly effective guitar practice schedule that is designed for you (and only you), it can make a huge and rapid difference in your improvement as a guitar player.
Look at the dramatic differences guitar players experience between having a highly effective goal-driven guitar practice schedule versus having an ineffective general schedule or no schedule at all.
Guitar Playing Progress
Guitar players who use a highly effective, goal-oriented guitar practice schedule improve their overall guitar playing up to an astounding 407% compared to most other guitar players who don't use a highly effective, goal-oriented guitar practice schedule!
Guitar Practice Time
On average, guitar players who do not have a highly effective goal-oriented guitar practice schedule spend (waste) 59% of their overall guitar practice time on things that are not directly related to reaching one's specific musical goals.
Reaching Guitar Playing Goals
98,3% of guitar players who do not have a highly effective guitar practice schedule fail to ever reach their ultimate guitar playing goals.
* Results based upon two commissioned studies.
It is clear to you now that having a highly effective guitar practice schedule is critical to reaching your musical goals.
Two Ways – One Hard, One Easy – To Getting The Ultimate Guitar Practice Schedules You Need
There are two ways you can get the highly effective guitar practice schedules you need to begin to make more rapid progress in your guitar playing.
The ﬁrst way – the hard way – is to try to do it yourself. If you choose that route, here are the proven steps for success you will need to take:
STEP 1: Commit yourself to creating a truly personalized and customized guitar practice schedule. Avoid using 'pre-made' cookie cutter or general schedules that are not specific to you.
STEP 2: Create a schedule that is big enough to include all items that you need to practice in order to reach your short and long term goals. To do this effectively, you will need to know how to distribute each of those many practice items across many days. In other words, do not create a one - day schedule that you repeat each day, but instead a 5-10 day schedule that is effective, flexible and correctly distributes those items over several days for maximum results.
STEP 3: Learn how to accurately and consistently know how your various skill levels (for each individual item you need to practice) needs to best influence how often each separate item should be practiced. In other words, your current skill level for each practice item should 'partially' determine how much time each day that specific item needs to be practiced. (Hint: Do NOT assume that the more skill you have in playing something means you should practice it 'less' than another item that you might be struggling with.)
STEP 4: Learn to fully understand the different separate strategies to reach short and long term goals through practice time in a guitar practice schedule. Then build your customized practice schedules to implement those different strategies for each item on your schedule as it pertains to each type of goal you have.
STEP 5: Learn to fully understand the different ways various categories of practice items should be practiced in order to master each of them. (Hint: Some things are best mastered when you practice them more frequently, but in less time. Other things in your schedules are best mastered when you practice them less often, but for longer amounts of time)
STEP 6: Know how to correctly and effectively balance the urgency of wanting to improve something and your quest to reach your short and long term goals. An item which you feel is 'urgent' to learn and master may be part of your short term goals. Other times it will really be part of your long term goals. Yet other times it may be part of both, or neither. So in each of these cases you need to create the schedule differently for that item.
STEP 7: Figure out how to harness the strengths of your 'personality type' so that your guitar practice schedules take this into account. More importantly, you must avoid letting any weaknesses of your personality type (every personality type has strengths and weaknesses) influence your practicing in a negative way whenever possible. Your schedule should help you to avoid this so that you make the maximum amount of progress as a guitar player from your practice time.
STEP 8: Next, after you've created your new guitar practice schedule, it is important to use some kind of automated 'timer' that will keep track of your practice time for each item for you and tell you when it is time to move on to the next item in your schedule. Using an automated timer like this will ensure you stay on course easily and accurately.
STEP 9: You need to track every minute of every item that you practice in a log. This is important for many reasons. One of these reasons is to monitor progress. Another reason is to track any items that you may have missed (or not completed) practicing on a previous day so that you always know what items you may need to go back to and practice. Both are critical contributors to your guitar playing success.
STEP 10: The final step - and one of the most important - is to repeat steps 1-9 every 1-2 weeks. Yes, that's right, you need to create new guitar practice schedules on a regular basis. Why? Because your skill levels, musical goals and challenges will naturally evolve as you improve as a guitar player. Therefore, what and how you practiced last month will NOT be the most effective way for you to practice this month. Your practice schedules must evolve as your playing evolves, each time taking into account the above mentioned factors!
Obviously, figuring out how to correctly do all those steps on a regular basis is extremely difficult, daunting and time-consuming even if you have a LOT of experience as guitar player or guitar teacher.
Finally. . . A Better Way To Get The Ultimate Highly Effective Guitar Practice Schedules You Need
If you don’t have the time, expertise and motivation to do it yourself, the second approach is much easier: Get the only tool that does all the hard parts for you.
After 20 years of teaching guitar and getting DAILY emails from guitar students from all over the world asking about how to practice guitar, I put together a very special tool that gives you the perfect personalized, custom-made, goal-driven highly effective guitar practice schedules that enable you to improve your skills as a guitar player much easier, faster and better than ever before: The Practice Generator.
OK, so now it's up to you... You can make a huge positive change in your guitar playing life... Or you can do things the same way you've always done it - keep struggling, complaining and hoping that some day a miracle will change things for you.
You might be thinking that the world's most advanced, most powerful and most innovative guitar practicing tool must be very complicated to use. The Practice Generator is actually very simple to use because I'm going to give you easy-to-follow step by step instructions to get you started right away.
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“The biggest problem of everyone practicing is that at the beginning of the practice session you don't know exactly what to practice. Usually you are there with this big list of things you should be practicing and you don't know how much time to devote to this or that. The Practice Generator helps you doing that.”
The Practice Generator creates a schedule for you that tells you how much time you have to spend on each element. This is EXTREMELY invaluable because it takes out all the thinking from the process. You just need to know where you are, where you want to be and the Practice Generator tells you how much you need to practice each element, what day and with what frequency.
This helped me immensely. It's like night and day. Before I was practicing a lot of course, but the results came very slowly. After using the Practice Generator, everything came way faster because my practice was more balanced, following my goals.
Tommaso Zillio, Professional Musician and Guitar Teacher, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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P.S. Hmmm...still not sure? Here is something you should know... Guitar players who use a highly effective, goal-oriented guitar practice schedule improve their overall guitar playing up to an astounding 407% compared to most other guitar players who don't use a highly effective, goal-oriented guitar practice schedule!
"I really like the Practice Generator because it helps me to not feel overwhelmed by the amount of material to practice.”
I tend to be one of those people that feels the need to completely master something before I move on to something else, and historically, that has inhibited my progress.
With the Practice Generator, I can structure my lesson time in a more reasonable fashion so that I can still work on material I have not yet mastered, without it being at the expense of my other lesson material. I think this tool has helped me improve immensely, because I am able to be more efficient when I practice.
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