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Guitar Playing Tips for April 2010

April 12th, 2010 by Jeff Vivrette

Welcome to my guitar playing tips for April 2010!
Each month I will be providing you some guitar playing tips that will help you become a better guitar player.  Although the tips may be short, they are very powerful and I strongly encourage you to read them over several times and begin using them.
Let’s get started!

Guitar Playing Tip #1 – “Getting the Most Out of Your Practice Time – Being Organized”


One of the best ways to see your progress increase faster is to stay organized. But what does it mean to stay organized?  

Have you ever gotten ready to practice your guitar and found out you had to search for your lesson materials? By keeping your lesson materials in one place and keeping them organized, you will spend less time hunting down your materials and more time practicing you guitar.

It’s as easy as keeping all of you lesson sheets in a binder. As you accumulate more materials, it’s a good idea to arrange this binder into categories such as:

Keep any audio or video files in one area as well so you can locate them quickly when needed. I also strongly encourage you to plan your practice a day in advance and get all of the materials ready so you can just go right to it and start practicing.

Guitar Playing Tip #2 – “What To Do When You Only Have 5 Minutes To Practice Your Guitar”

You want to practice but you only have minutes to spare. What can you do to see progress when you only have 5 minutes to practice your guitar?

If you are a beginner, the most important thing you can do is get your hands on your guitar as much as possible. If you only have 5 minutes to spend with your guitar, then pick it up and play anything you want for those 5 minutes. It truly will help you. Now, don’t want to limit yourself to 5 minutes every time you pick up your guitar. This is for those days when there is just no time….. except for 5 minutes.

If you are a little farther along with your guitar skills, select something that needs work, like that scale you’re having trouble remembering, for example. Focus all of your attention on playing that scale slowly and correctly for 5 intense minutes. You will be amazed at how much better you will be with that scale the next day!

So what if you ended up with one day a week where you had just 5 minutes to practice; that would end up being over 4 hours of practice over the course of the year!  Use every minute you can to your advantage and watch your guitar playing improve.

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