Guitar Lesson Tips – My Recommended Practice Routine
Do you want to become a better guitar player? Of course you do, why else would you be reading this?
I’m going to share my best advice with you. Time tested and proven to work. It’s so simple that you’ll have a “Wow, I could’ve had a V-8” moment. Yet many instructors don’t teach it and many students don’t do it. It’s so effective, and critical, that I’m willing to give it to you for FREE!
Ready? OK, here it is. You should practice for one hour every day.
Yes, it really is that simple. I told you it would be, didn’t I? That full hour will make all the difference in the world. That is why I only give one hour lessons. You simply can’t get enough information and application in a half hour to make progress at a nice pace.
It is very common for an experienced musician to take many hours, sometimes even eight hours to learn a single 3 ½ minute song well enough to perform it on stage.
But I can’t practice every day. OK. The hour is the most critical thing here. Some of my students have busy work schedules, so I understand. That is one reason I record every lesson as an mp3 and put it on a CD before they leave. I recommend they listen to the lesson during the week. If you have to skip practice, listen to your lesson while you’re in the car. It will sink in and reinforce your practice. It might even inspire you to practice more!
But I’m new and my fingers really hurt! OK. There are basically three things that you have to learn to play guitar. How to finger/fret the chords, strumming/timing and what strings to strum. Stop fingering the chords and just practice your timing and strumming the right strings. It won’t sound as pretty, but you will be developing your muscle memory for two of the three techniques you need to master. Kinda makes sense, doesn’t it?
Are you happy with your progress? If not, try practicing in full 1 hour sessions. Not more and not less.
I invite your comments and suggestions since I am always open to improve my methods. After all, it is about helping my students fall in love with the music!
Taking you back to a simpler time… with music,
Songwriter, Musician, Entertainer, Instructor
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Steve, and his bands, have always given back to the community, supporting Special Needs Families, Christian Outreach, Food Pantries, Homeless Shelters and Medical Research.
As a songwriter and registered artist with BMI, Steve’s songwriting and gig sets span the Blues, Rock, Folk, Country and Christian genres.
2009 was the start of a busy solo performing schedule as well as sharing his love of music by teaching both Guitar and Live Performance Techniques. Steve teaches his guitar students to play the music THEY want to play, right from the start, without getting bogged down with music theory. With Live Performance Techniques lessons, students learn how to move from the living room to a live stage.