How To Get Better At Guitar Without Much Practice TimeHow To Get Better At Guitar Without Much Practice Time

You don't have to practice guitar for 6 hours a day to get good… Here are three ways to improve your playing while practicing with limited time:

Plan Your Practice Schedule Ahead Of Time

Figuring out the things you want to practice moments before you grab your instrument to get started ends up wasting time (you spend time thinking about what to practice rather than actually practicing). Thinking about what you want to practice ahead of time helps you come up with a plan of which items need to be worked on to help you reach your goals as fast as possible. From there, you just need to sit down and do what you planned. This also helps prevent mindless practice or noodling that happens when you aren’t sure what to do.

Track Your Practice Effectiveness Consistently

Don't simply practice guitar and hope that eventually you will get better. Track your results consistently every week to find out which items are helping you get closer to your goals and which ones are not. Tracking your progress consistently also helps you identify your strengths and weaknesses, so you don't spend too much time on things you’ve already mastered.

Work On Things That Improve Many Musical Skills At Once

Not all practice items help you improve your overall guitar playing as efficiently as others. For example, practicing switching between open chords does not improve the same skills that practicing directional picking over scales does. Making your guitar practice time as productive as possible (when you don't have much time) means spending the majority of it working on items that give you the most results at once.

Review the guitar practice items you want to work on and figure out which ones improve the most skills at once, plus which ones help you achieve your musical goals the fastest. Then you know which items to create your practice schedule around.

Using all of these ideas in your guitar practice approach helps you make a lot of progress no matter how much time you practice each day. For best results, work with a guitar teacher to make sure you are always on track towards your goals while refining your practice approach as much as possible.

by Tom Hess
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Tom Hess is a highly successful guitar teacher, songwriter and a pro guitarist. There are a lot of other ways to improve your guitar practice efficiency. Check out this article about an effective guitar practice approach to learn a lot more ways to improve your guitar playing.
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