Why You Need a Guitar Practice Routine

If you’re currently learning to play the guitar, you’ve no doubt heard your parents or guitar lesson instructor say how important it is to practice. After all, that’s the only way to become a better guitar player! While everyone knows this in theory, few know how to successfully incorporate practice into their daily lives to really make a difference.

That’s where Scottsdale Music Academy can help! We’ve successfully taught hundreds of students from all over the Valley (Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale and more) how to play the guitar. So, believe us when we say there’s a right and wrong way to practice! As students of our guitar lessons already know, occasional or half-hearted practice won’t cut it. If you really want to possess guitar skills on par with the greats, then you’ll need to establish a guitar practice routine.


What’s a Guitar Practice Routine?

A guitar practice routine is basically an advanced form of practicing. It is an organized, scheduled time of dedicated practice with specific, set goals. Ultimately, it is the most efficient and effective way to advance your guitar skills in the shortest amount of time.


How To Begin

To set up the perfect practice routine, you first need to establish your short-term and long-term music goals. Being mindful of your goals will help you focus your efforts and ensure you’re on the right track. Next, you should identify your musical strengths and weaknesses, then cater your practice routine to address those weaknesses. This will help you prioritize your goals and determine what to work on first.


Structuring Your Practice Routine

When setting up your guitar practice routine, it’s a good idea to keep a notebook or agenda of what you plan to work on during each session. Ideally, you want to devote time to working on as many areas of guitarmanship as possible, from chords to music theory to ear training, scales, speed exercises, and more. Generally speaking, you should allocate more time on areas where you lack the most skill. But, be sure to round out your practice sessions by working on other categories every now and then in order to cover all your bases.


Maximize Your Time

There’s no such thing as too much practice, but realistically speaking, not everyone has time to practice for hours every day. That’s why you have to make sure you’re getting the most out of your practice sessions. Setting up a practice routine that is scheduled out in advance is the best way to do this. That way practicing becomes a habit and another part of your weekly to dos. Preferably, you want to practice a few times a week. However, rather than focusing on the length or frequency of your practice sessions, focus on accomplishing set objectives to maximize your time and efforts.

Next Steps

If you need some extra help setting up a guitar practice routine, feel free to reach out to us. Or, for additional support and guitar guidance, consider enrolling in guitar lessons at our Scottsdale studio. With our personalized guitar lessons and focused, consistent practice on your part, you’ll be jamming like a true pro in no time at all!