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How long should I practice for?

19/09/2016 | by Mario Bap | Posted in Guitar Basics

This is the question that is on every new guitar player’s mind.

 

For me the answer is not as simple as saying how long you should practice, but how long and how often you should practice.

 

This is due to the fact that in order to get steady, measurable progress, consistency is key.

 

So let’s get into it:

 

How long?

 

I would say that your practice sessions should suit who you are as an individual. What I mean by this is do you concentrate more when you’re doing long sessions, or do you work better in shorter bursts? You can answer these questions for yourself. Once you have an idea of what works best for you, then choose one of these:

 

  1. Short, more frequent practices throughout the day. Try and practice in 20 – 30 minute intervals. Maybe twice a day if your schedule allows for it. This will suit individuals who work well in shorter sessions.
  2. If your schedule does not allow for multiple practice sessions a day, or if you feel that you work better in longer sessions, then practice for 45min to an hour. This can be done once a day.

 

Those are just guides to get you started. Please feel free to adjust the lengths to suit you. I would however recommend getting a minimum of 20 – 30 minutes of practice in a day. As you know that the more you practice, the quicker you progress.

 

How often?

 

In order to explain this I always use the same example to my students:

 

Do you brush your teeth a little every day, or do you forget to brush them the whole week and then brush them for an hour on Sunday to make up for it? I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this.

 

Proper oral hygiene requires consistent cleaning and brushing. We do a little bit every day to get the job done. You should look at your guitar playing in the same way. You need to ensure that you get practice sessions in every day. This is vital to get the momentum going. I do realise that life gets in the way. As long as you have a willingness to master the guitar, you will find a way to get as much practicing in as possible. If you’re feeling burnt out, take a break for a day or two and then get right back into it. Let’s dominate this marathon together !!

 

Let me know if you have any questions.

 

Mario


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