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How To Practice Effectively Part Four

Stephen Lindsay (442) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5




In previous articles I have outlined a number of techniques that you can view as tools to assist you in developing a structured approach to guitar practice. These are:

1. Setting SMART Objectives (Wholenote Article No 3715)

2. Personal Development (Wholenote Article No 3721)

3. Understand your own Learning Style (Wholenote Article No 3859)

This article continues the process of applying personal development tools to guitar playing by using concepts drawn from the field of time management.

Approaches to Time Management

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day

You fritter and waste the hours in an off hand way*

Have you ever heard yourself or anyone else saying, "Well of course I'd be as good as Eddie Van Halen if I practised as much as him"? You may have heard it said about other guitarists or the local guitar hero in your own town. This is of course a statement that implies if only I had enough time I'd be as good as him.

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain

You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today*

This then is the first approach to time management. It is that of hoping there will be enough time. How much time is enough? One hour a day? Two hours? Four Hours? Eight? Sixteen? You've got the point? Good. Of course there are never enough hours in the day. Are you going to let that stop you from improving?

Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town

Waiting for someone or something to show you the way*

So with the first approach to time management we have the notion that time is external to us, that it is beyond our control and that there's nothing we can do about it. Somehow, somewhere it will "sort itself out"; somebody will take care of it for you.

And then the one day you find ten years have got behind you

No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun*