"8 Steps To Develop A Highly Efficient Practice Schedule"

If you are like most guitar players, you sometimes feel frustrated when practicing your guitar. It may seem like it is going to take forever for you to learn and get to the level of playing that you want to be at. 

One reason why such a small percentage of people become great guitar players is they don't know everything they need to do or practice to reach their goals. You probably have a ton of things to practice. 

What you need is a practice schedule. A well structured practice schedule will help you know exactly what to learn, when to learn it and avoid pointless noodling around on the guitar. 

Unfortunately, a lot of guitar players have a lot of misconceptions about what having a practice schedule really means. 

Do you believe any of these myths? 

Myth 1: “Guitar practicing routines are boring, they take all the fun out of playing guitar.”

Myth 2: “Guitar practice routines are hard to stick with.”

Myth 3: “Practice schedules are too rigid and they put limitations on your creativity.”

Myth 4: “A guitar practice regimen takes away freedom to drift to random things when playing guitar.”

Myth 5: “Practice routines for guitar just don’t work. You can make more progress without one.”

Myth 6: “It’s not fun to practice the same things every day."

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These statements describe bad practice routines, not good ones. The truth is bad practice routines are not fun! They do not work and is EXTREMELY hard to stick with. 

However effective and efficient practice schedules make all the difference. They can make your progress skyrocket and completely transform your playing. Things that you have been dealing with will go away extremely quickly and you'll get to watch yourself make massive progress on the guitar. 

Imagine how much fun you would have if you reached all of your guitar playing goals!

Effective practice schedules are not hard to stick to when they are cause you progress to shoot through the roof. The opposite is true, you will look forward to sticking to your practice routine because of the amount of progress it is giving you!

The best guitar practice schedules are like maps. When you plan to travel somewhere, you first figure out where you are (Point A), and then prepare the best way to arrive at your destination (Point B).

8 Steps To Writing Effective Practice Schedules

Step 1. Become very clear on what your LONG-TERM goals are. Having the end goal clear in your mind is essential to know what you need to work on now. Like I said earlier, imagine you are going on vacation somewhere. You have to pick the final destination before you can start planning the little steps to get there. Like, what airport, when do we need to get in the car, what date are we leaving, etc. Pick your end goals and figure out everything you need to do to get there.

Step 2. Focus on your strengths. Seek to turn your strengths into super strengths and only work on weaknesses that are truly relevant to your goals (see step 4 below).

Step 3. Figure out how much time you can practice guitar each day. Plan time to practice than you think you will have available. If you have 30 minutes to practice plan for 20-25 minutes. 

Step 4. Be 100% positive you know everything you need to learn to reach your long term goal. 

Step 5. Always include being creative in your practice time.

Step 6. Practice applying it in a real setting. 

Step 7. Each day should not be the same. Change it up as you progress, what took 30 minutes to practice may only need 10 minutes today. 

Step 8. Create 3-5 different practice regimens. Use each one twice before working with the next one. Base each set of your guitar practice schedules on these steps.

What’s next?

1. Be committed to this!

2. Stay committed! Follow through with your plan and watch your guitar playing get better and better. If you struggle staying committed then focus on your reasons why you wanted to learn in the first place. Then focus on how it will feel when you accomplish all of your guitar playing goals.