3 Mistakes That Make Your Guitar Practice Less Effective

3 Mistakes That Make Guitar Practice Less Effective

You already know how critically important it is to practice guitar effectively, but do you know for sure how effective your practice is? Many guitar players practice using very ineffective habits that actually slow their progress down rather than speed it up. To quickly reach your guitar playing goals, you must understand how to eliminate mistakes in your practice time to get the most results you can from every session.

Here are three big mistakes that make practice less effective, and what to do to correct them:

Practicing Without Clear Direction

For many guitar players, practice is just a matter of picking up your instrument and jamming. Unfortunately, practice like this does not bring significant results. Instead of doing this, take the time to map out the specific goals you want to achieve on guitar. Once you have these goals in place, you can begin to create a practice schedule that is much more organized. When your practice is organized, you are able to target and improve specific skills. This makes your efforts more effective and gives you more results from your practice time.

Don’t worry if you aren’t sure what to practice or how to set up your schedule. This problem is easily fixed by finding an experienced guitar teacher who knows how to get results for his students.

Guitar teacher trainer, Tom Hess explains: “To achieve any kind of real results in your guitar playing, you must practice as effectively as possible. Do not waste practice time jamming or playing mindlessly.”

Practicing Way Too Many Things At Once

It is also common (especially for guitarist with no direction in their practice) for people to practice too many items at once. This usually happens when you don’t know exactly what you should be practicing to reach your goals, or if you don’t have specific goals to reach. Fact is, your brain can’t handle all these things at once, and you begin to get overwhelmed. This is very frustrating and leads to less results, which leads to less motivation to practice as time goes on. Of course, practicing in this manner also implies not having a specific practice schedule for reaching your goals as mentioned already.

Losing Focus During Practice

Getting results from your practice efforts is all about the quality of the practice, not the quantity. To get the very best results, you must maintain focus through your entire practice session. Don’t make the mistake of simply going through the motions to get your practice over with. Focus intensely on the precise movements you make, mistakes you make and keep track so you know how to improve them. If necessary, cut down the amount of time you practice in a single session to 15-20 minutes. Practicing for a smaller amount of time reduces the chances of your mind wandering to keep you focused.

Jacob Melling, guitar teacher at the American Academy Of Guitar Mastery says, “Keep your mind focused at all times during your practice. This is the most important time for your guitar playing, because you will make all your advances in this time. Take it seriously, and you will get serious results. Let your mind wander, and you’ll stay stuck at your current level.”

Avoiding these practice mistakes makes your practice time much more productive and fun too. Change your practice to follow what has been said above and you will be shocked by the results you get!