A structured practice routine is the fastest, and most effective way to become a good guitar player, or even a guitar soloist. So if you are wondering why you still have difficulty with little transitions and stuffs, maybe you have not made the most of your practicing yet. Check out my tips below to see how you get an organized guitar session. Supposing it takes you 30 minutes a day to play the guitar.
Warm up: (5 minutes for beginner, 10 minutes for others)
Why would I say so? Well, in fact, if you are just about to take up with guitars, you should spend more time practicing skills than warming up, and vice versa with experienced learner. In this section, we focus on making blood flow and hands loosen up a little bit, so that transitions are played smoothly. Usually, I suggest lessons with basic chords (such as the “cowboy”) first, then you can look for other more complicated ones. The purpose is to transition within chords well and punctually, not that you will master guitar right away. Synchronizing both your hands is crucial, too, since no co-operation between them can send very ugly notes to your ears. Accuracy and speed are your goals.
In other tasks, I would not divide into particular periods of time.
Always accompany with ear training when practicing, or it would be such a waste. It is a great opportunity to enhance your ability of telling which notes are playing, also to have better performance if you stand in the orchestra with many musicians. People who are born with naturally good ear should not underestimate the impact of training your hearing ability, or you cannot go any further, I’m sure.
Sadly, music has theory too. But you and I know it is not dry as that of many subjects at school, right? In each session, you should spend 3 or 5 minutes reading some, to have much knowledge about music, and guitar, too. Mastering the theory not only helps you improve your chords better but also makes it easier for you if you want to try something “crazy”. I mean, maybe someday you try some new tunes and it happens to be really really good, but you need scales and notes formula to accomplish the right state, you won’t be have many problems anyways.
This should be the part where everybody spend most of their session, right? Well, I’m not objecting this, but from where I see it, many people fail this step despite the fact that they sweep picking, trill for hours. All skills mean nothing if you just practice but not apply them to anything. What I’m trying to say here, is that you should not train it, then leave it. Mix techniques together, create your own chords, invent some new weird skills. Prove that you are you but no one else. Well, if you can, have a metronome.
The fact that if you tense yourself, the session can never be effective like when you’re having a time of your life. Don’t stress out, really, because making mistakes is somehow the way you make it right afterwards. Randomly picking up a song is not bad, learn it with all time you have.