the very best way to practice guitar is to do it SMART. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time bound – let’s take a look at what this means.
“What? I just pick up the guitar, run up and down a few scales, maybe some chord changes and I’m done, right?”
Well, if you want to be able to play scales really well, that may work, but I’m pretty sure you want to be able to play all sorts of things – something that sounds like music with finesse and style?
There is only one way to practice guitar effectively and I’m going to show you, right now.
OK – Show Me
If you want to make your guitar practice routine actually improve the things you want to make better, then you need a set of guitar practice exercises designed to achieve the improvements you actually want.
Having spent countless hours doing what I thought was effective guitar practice and having no real way to tell whether I was improving or not, I want to tell you about the most amazing way to focus what you are doing towards the goals you never really considered before.
Tom Hess is probably the #1 online guitar teacher in the world for the rock and metal discipline and has The Guitar Practice Generator that is absolutely awesome and really makes you think about your practice, how to make it efficient and how to achieve your goals – once you’ve actually set some that is!
Let me explain why I consider this to be the #1 set of guitar practice lessons available on the web today.
what was that SMART Thing All About then?
- S – Specific – pick a practice item that is geared towards a particular skill/technique/lick that you want to learn or improve;
- M – Measurable – how are you going to know whether your practice is paying off? Perhaps BPM (beats per minute) using a metronome, or when you record yourself and play back it sounds “better”. You need some mechanism to give yourself encouragement by measuring the improvement over weeks/months;
- A – Achievable – set goals that you can achieve. It will be discouraging to set a goal that is way beyond your current abilities;
- R – Realistic; – keep it real. A goal of playing some massively complex and outrageously fast song by a guitarist that has been practicing and playing for 8 hours a day for the last quarter of a century may be a little ambitious – at least, to start with! Also, don’t set a goal of practicing 3 hours a day if you can only really manage 15 minutes, keep it real
- T – Time bound – set a time in the future when you want to achieve your goal, but keep it in the spirit of achievable and real.
So, What Does This All Mean For Me?
- Write down what you want to achieve – your specific goals;
- Decide how you are going to measure the effectiveness of your practice;
- Be sure to set goals that you feel are reachable;
- Keep it real;
- Set yourself a time limit for achieving your goals.
In reality, you may have many goals, with different measures, different timescales and you may decide to practice them once, twice or three or more times a week depending on the complexity and goal.
“And how on earth do I do all of this and keep track of it? More to the point, if I do all of this, I won’t have any time to practice my scales”
It does sound time consuming doesn’t it? And, if you’re anything like me, you wouldn’t honestly know how to go about doing this.
That was, until I found…
The Ultimate Practice Organiser
The ultimate assistant that will guide you on how to practice the guitar…The Practice Generator.
Would you like a tool that’s going to walk you through the steps to creating a guitar practice schedule specifically designed to improve the elements of your playing that you want? It will cost less than one private guitar lesson each month and will supercharge your playing in the direction of your choosing.
Here it is – The Guitar Practice Generator
The practice generator will:
- Include the list of things you need to practice in order to reach your short and long term goals. These unique multi-day routines are proven and flexible enough to be more effective than daily or weekly schedules.
- Will consistently, automatically and accurately take into account your current level of skill and knowledge for each individual item you need to practice. This ensures that the guitar practice schedules you get will always be personalized to YOU, YOUR skills and YOUR knowledge. This is critically important
in order for you to get the most from your practicing.
- Give you all the things that you would normally have to do on your own so that you can make your guitar playing, guitar practicing and your life a lot easier, better and, most of all, fun.
- Will help you to be one of the 1.7% of guitar students who actually do reach their guitar playing goals because they use highly effective guitar practice schedules over the long term.
- Will give you faster RESULTS by organizing, optimizing and maximizing every minute of your guitar practice time.
I have used this awesome tool for some time now, and they have made a measurable, 32% (as at date of publication) improvements to the speed of my alternate picking, 5 notes per string runs from fret 3 to fret 22.
It has also enabled me to perform 4-string sweep picking arpeggios smoothly and without pause at 110BPM. I know, that’s nothing compared to some players – but then, I’m only me, a hobby guitarist and I’m proud of my achievements so far.
I urge you to maximise your abilities within a restricted guitar practice routine by having the elements of exercise identification, scheduling and measurement walked through for you so you can focus on the actual practicing bit!
You will not regret it.
Give it a shot, what have you got to loose other than not ever knowing what your true potential as a guitar player might have been.
Grab The Guitar Practice Generator while you can – it costs less than one guitar lesson each month and will improve your playing more than you thought possible.
There it is then, my top tip for the best way to practice guitar, I hope you found this information helpful and that you are able to make your guitar practice more effective.
I absolutely welcome questions and comments, so please let me know in the comments section and I’ll respond as soon as I can.
In particular, if you make the very wise choice to use This fantastictool, why not share your thoughts and stories of how it has helped you, I’d love to hear them.
All the best and keep on rockin’