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Top Ten Tips On Practicing Guitar

Ted O'Farrell (114) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1

As you read, keep in mind David Letterman's special effects and drum rolls, etc...

10. Set time and place each day.

9. Begin with the "goal" in mind for each thing you do! What are you going to accomplish now?

8. Start a practice journal. Write down what you are working on (scales, technique, pieces,songs,etc.) Write down questions that you come up with.

7. Note problem areas. Instead of dreading them... make a technical exercise from it - if possible. Tackle first. Practice pieces in short sections. Two measures at a time works great!

6. Add variety to your practicing (avoid getting in rut) One day start with scales, the next start with difficult passages, the next day new songs, next day chords, etc.

5. If practicing for long periods of time, take short 15 minute breaks after each 45 minutes. Stretch, take a walk, etc.

4. Practice slowly, (Slow enough that you have control and continuity in your playing) Use a metronome. It is your friend.

3. Be musical. Sing or hum what you play.

2. Warm up your hands. Right hand technique (Check out "Giuliani's 120 Right Hand Studies") and Left Hand technique (See "Pumping Nylon" by Scott Tennant)

And now for the number 1 tip...(one guitar teachers will appreciate if you are taking lessons!)

1. Always tune your guitar before practicing and playing! (It is a good idea to wipe it down with a soft clean cloth afterwards to remove the dirt and oil from your hands).

That's all folks! Hope this was helpful!!