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Guitar Practice Routine: 7 Ways to Stay Motivated With Guitar

Updated: Feb 10

We have to practice our guitar! But life is really busy, so how to we stay consistent with it? We start with a guitar practice routine!

sad unmotivated guitar player

Follow these 7 strategies for staying motivated with

your guitar playing.

  1. Set Realistic Goals How do you set realistic and achievable goals for your guitar practice?! a) Define your long term guitar goal- (Example: Mastering a song, learning a new style of music, playing a live performance, etc.) b) Break down the long term goal(s) you just made into short term actions-(Example: If your long-term guitar goal is to play a particular song proficiently, your short-term objectives might include- learning specific chords and practicing chord transitions). Make monthly, weekly and daily goals in order to get to your long term guitar goal. c) Your goals need to be SMART Specific- Learn to play the song "Wonderwall" by Oasis on acoustic guitar. Measurable- Be able to play through the entire song from start to finish without mistakes. Achievable- Dedicate at least 30 minutes of focused practice to "Wonderwall" every day for two weeks. Relevant- "Wonderwall" is a popular acoustic song with simple chord progressions, making it suitable for a beginner to learn and add to their repertoire. Time-bound- Aim to perform "Wonderwall" confidently and smoothly for friends or family at the end of the two-week practice period. This SMART goal provides a clear and achievable target for learning a new song on guitar within a specific timeframe. It outlines exactly what needs to be accomplished, how progress will be measured, and when the goal should be achieved.

  2. Establish a Routine Now that you figured out your guitar goals, you need a guitar practice routine. Consistency is key. Set aside dedicated time each day or week for your guitar practice schedule and treat it as you would any other important commitment. Whether it's early morning before work or school, during your lunch break, or in the evening before bed, find a time that works best for you and stick to it. This is IMPORTANT! If you're struggling to maintain consistency, start with shorter practice sessions and gradually increase the duration as you build momentum. Even just 10-15 minutes of focused practice each day can yield significant results for your playing over time. The key is to make guitar practicing a regular habit that fits into your daily routine.

  3. Stay Motivated Find ways to keep yourself motivated and inspired to practice. This could involve listening to your favorite guitarists, watching live performances, or learning songs that you're passionate about. Surround yourself with supportive friends, family, or fellow musicians who can encourage and motivate you on your journey.

  4. Mix Things Up! Keep your guitar practice routine interesting. Incorporate a diverse range of guitar exercises, techniques, and repertoire to stay motivated with guitar. Experiment with different styles of music, get inspired with free online content (youtube, tiktok, etc), learn new songs, and challenge yourself with new techniques. Variety not only prevents boredom but also helps to develop a well-rounded guitar skill set.

  5. Track Your Progress Keep track of your progress to stay motivated and see how far you've come. You can do this with a practice journal, a progress chart, or recording yourself playing your guitar. Regularly monitoring your improvement with the guitar can be incredibly rewarding and give you good feedback on areas that need focus and development.

  6. Be Patient and Persistent: Remember that progress takes time, and this is hard for most people! It's normal to encounter obstacles and setbacks while learning the guitar. Stay patient, try to stay positive, and persevere through challenges. Celebrate your achievements, no matter how small- this is important!

Using these 7 Ways to Stay Motivated With Guitar is the key to unlocking your full potential .

By setting realistic goals, establishing a routine, staying motivated, and persisting through challenges, you can set yourself up for success with your guitar playing.


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