1. Be Realistic About What You Can Sustain
In the beginning when your motivation is sky-high it’s easy to design a practice schedule that is simply not sustainable over the long term.
We see this happen all the time with diet plans or physical workouts at the gym… if you are unrealistic about what kind of program you can sustain over time you’ll almost certainly design one which you won’t stick to.
Remember that learning guitar is a marathon! The magic equation is “Consistency Over Time”
When designing your own practice schedule i.e. what days you’ll practice and for what length of time, make sure that you design something which is sustainable over the long term because that is what really counts.
Try to draw up something which you feel confident you’ll still be sticking too 6 months from now.
2. Have Clear Points Of Focus
If you’ve been through the previous pages in this section you’ll already know that having clear objectives (Points Of Focus) is of key importance in guitar practice.
It’s best to decide these in advance and be as specific as you can about them. You may decide that in your first month you’re going to have a bias towards practicing chords and chord changes for example.
Write down your objectives at the start of your practice notepad which brings me to point number 3…
3. Keep A Practice Notepad
It will organize and focus your practice time much better if you do this. As you progress you’ll need to keep track of your Pressure Point tempos and the things you’ve been working on.
It will also show you the areas where you’ve been improving and those where you have not. All this is valuable information as over time you’ll be changing and reconstructing your practice sessions.
The Big Takeaway
The big takeaway from all this is to realize that in order to be successful on guitar and eventually play to the level you’d like you have to be in this for the long haul. So design a practice schedule which is sustainable and realistic!
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