Anytime you pick up the guitar to practice, you should enjoy doing it. You should be excited and looking forward to each practice session. By being excited, practicing will be more fun and can lead to quicker progress.
In reality, all guitarists go through stages where they are not completely looking forward to practicing. This has happened to me multiple times and it is something you need to overcome. When you are having a good time practicing guitar you often progress a lot quicker. This progress comes because you are not just going through the motions of practicing, as many often do when they practice. When you are having a good time in your practice sessions you are often more focused and pushing yourself to get better. Here are some ways to make practicing fun and not feel like your doing a chore.
1. Switch up your practice routine.
I do not recommend switching up your practice routine each day but its good to change it up every week or so. This will help make your practice routine more enjoyable because it will not be the same thing each day. I once had a practice routine, which was the exact same thing day after day for about a year. I made good progress in the beginning but after months of doing the same routine, I was not making much progress. I was caught in a rut and I did not know what to do about it. I kept practicing the same routine but did not make any significant progress and wasted a good amount of valuable time.
After being advised to start changing up my practice schedule, I tried it. By changing up my practice schedule, practicing was more interesting and no longer predictable. It really did help make practicing a better experience and I started to see more progress in my playing. If you are not enjoying practicing this simple tip may make the whole experience enjoyable again!
2. Get excited before each practice session.
This may seem obvious but it will make each practice session more enjoyable and help you progress. When a person is excited or enjoying what they are doing they often do a better job. If you are practicing when you are excited, then you are likely to be more focused on what you are practicing. The more focused you are usually leads to better results.
To get excited before a practice session is easy. All you have to do is think about times you were excited about something or anything that excites you in your life right now. This will be different for everyone but some ideas are the way you felt when you first started playing guitar or your goal of playing like your favorite guitarist. This technique will help you start your practice sessions strongly and finish in the same manner. After using this technique for a while, getting excited to practice guitar will come naturally to you!
3. Set small goals for each practice session.
Setting goals for each practice session is a great thing to do because it gives you something to achieve each session. When you achieve your practice session goals, you can see you are progressing. When you see you are progressing, it makes practicing fun.
I have been guilty in the past of only focusing on my long-term guitar goals. This was a problem because I was not seeing the progress I was making. I was only focused on the long-term goal and practicing became frustrating because I was not making significant progress towards the long-term goal. When making small goals for each practice session, they should aim to help you reach your long-term goals. This way you are making sure to progress each day to achieve your long term goals and you see the progress each day.
These three tips can help make your practice sessions more fun. It is important to remember whenever you are having fun with something you usually do a better job and get better results. If you are not having fun with your practice sessions or want to have more fun, try these techniques out. They are simple and easy to use and can help you see significant results in your guitar playing. Next time you are getting ready to practice, experiment with these tips and I hope you experience great results as I have using these techniques!
About the Author
Dan Acheron is a guitarist, songwriter and instructor in St. Louis, MO. He specializes in hard rock and enjoys sharing his passion for music with others. Visit his artist site at www.danacheron.com for more information.