Motivating yourself to practice your guitar can really be a struggle sometimes so I have a few Tips that can help make it a more positive and enjoyable experience
1. Keep your guitar to hand
Try to make it easily accessible at all times like on a stand in the room or maybe a wall bracket if you need to keep it out of reach of small children etc.
Doing this keeps it visible which will also act as a constant reminder and means that it is easy to pick up if you only have a few minutes. If it is locked in a case under the bed you are far less likely to go to all the trouble of getting it out so consequently your practicing and progression will suffer.
2. Get to know the components of your piece
Make sure you know all your chords, the count and the strum you are going to use. Practice your chord changes and if any are challenging then "Think One Finger" when changing between them, maybe you can leave a finger on like C to D7 or move a finger up or down a fret whilst staying on the same string like G to D7 but even if you have a completely new shape to go to then choose 1 finger that works for you to get in place first (e.g. Finger 1 for G to C). Any chord changes that are more difficult than others then practice them more than the easier ones.
Make sure you understand the count of the song and you are comfortable with the strum or fingerstyle you are going to use to fit the count.
3. Practice the piece in bit-size chunks
Dividing the song up into smaller sections then working on those smaller sections like a verse or chorus makes learning the song much easier as you may only need some of the components and it is easier to remember smaller sections. Once you have made good progress with that section the satisfaction gained will motivate you for the next part. Also remember that the format or pattern for verses and choruses is often the same so learn a verse and you have learnt ALL the verses. The same applies to the choruses.
4. Single out the more on the more difficult elements for extra attention.
Imagine rubbing down a bumpy piece of wood, you would rub harder on the bumps first before smoothing over the whole piece. Take the same approach when learning a piece on the guitar.
5. Practice little and often
It is far better to practice 5 minutes a day than 35 minutes on a Sunday then nothing all week. This helps to keep everything fresh plus most of us when starting out are not always in a place that allows us to spend hours practicing be it school, homework, work, raising a family and socialising. Finding time for a few minutes a day is a good habit to get into.
Having your instrument available (1), Getting to know the components of the song (2), Practicing in bite-sized chunks (3) and focusing more on the difficult elements (4) will make Practicing little and often (5) much easier to implement.
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