Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/a26f9f83/public_html/articles/includes/config.php on line 159
Guitar Practice - Make It Your Priority! > NetSparsh - Viral Content you Love & Share

Guitar Practice - Make It Your Priority!

Every student realizes that guitar practice is important if they wish to become a better musician. Even so, many have trouble establishing a regular practice routine. Other responsibilities have a way of squeezing them into a work-a-holic lifestyle, leaving little room left for personal pursuits. Even teens and children are over-stretched these days with school and other extra-curricular activities. So, what's the secret to creating an effective guitar practicing schedule? The answer: MAKE IT YOUR PRIORITY!

That may sound simple to some and impossible to others, but it is absolutely imperative to becoming a good guitarist. Giving something priority simply means to put it before everything else in order of time and importance. Now, it's always easier to set priorities when there is a desire to accomplish, or reach a specific end result. So, having a goal in mind when practicing the guitar, will help you to maintain your focus and provide a sense of purpose too.

According to the Scribner-Bantam English Dictionary, the word "Practice" means:

- to work or pursue as a profession
- to perform often in order to learn
- to teach by frequent repetition; drill

In order to make your guitar practice a priority, try thinking of it as you would your job or school work. By this, I don't mean it should be a drudgery, but an important necessity.

Schedule a time each day to practice your guitar, and stick to it. Be firm in your decision. Mark it in your appointment book, or on your calandar. You will begin to notice an improvement in your overall ability when you practice the guitar on a regular basis. There will be times when you seem to leap forward, and other times when you don't seem to be getting anywhere. But understand that the guitar is one of the most difficult instruments to become really proficient on, so you will need to guard against discouragement. I have a friend who plays piano, cello and violin. She decided to take up classical guitar and confessed that it was the most difficult instrument she had ever tried to learn. So, you may want to keep notes on your progress for personal encouragement as well as an incentive to persevere.

Commitment and determination are two of the most important keys to success in any pursuit. Talent and natural ability are a definite plus, but many talented guitar students lack discipline. In order to succeed, you must learn to cultivate and nurture your natural abilities through regular guitar practice. Skill is developed by continually honing, experimenting and perfecting your gift. Don't just take it for granted, be willing to work hard. All great guitarists have this one thing in common- they made guitar pracitice a priority! So, get yourself started in the same direction by keeping these things in mind...

1. Make your guitar practice a priority
2. Establish a specific time of day to practice
3. Make a commitment to practicing regularly
4. Set short term and long term goals (make a note when reached)
5. Persevere through difficulty
6. Be determined to succeed

Above all else, enjoy playing the guitar and learning new things- have fun! Think of your guitar practice as an adventure. With so many different guitar styles and techniques, there will always be something else to discover. Life is short, so make some time to do what you love and be happy!

FREE Reprint Rights - You may publish this article in your e-zine or on your web site as long as you include the following information:

Kathy Unruh is a singer/songwriter and webmaster of ABC Learn Guitar. She has been writing songs and providing guitar lessons to students of all ages for over 20 years. For free guitar lessons, plus tips and resources on buying a guitar, songwriting, recording and creating a music career, please visit: http://www.abclearnguitar.com

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

Aljazeera.com

Egypt: Hasaballah, the People's Music | Egypt | Al Jazeera
Aljazeera.com
How a legendary Cairo brass band gave birth to an entire musical genre, which still resonates with Egyptians today.

and more »

PigeonsAndPlanes

Your Data Is Shaping the Future of Music
PigeonsAndPlanes
There have been countless debates about whether the quality of popular music is decreasing as labels chase quick hits, but a label alone can't make a song a hit. The public still needs to listen to it. Perhaps the industry's not entirely to blame for ...


The Guardian

'We could build something revolutionary': how tech set underground music free
The Guardian
In the 20th century, the vast majority of music you heard and bought was controlled by a small number of companies: record labels, radio stations and other dominators of the media. Artists needed them to reach the public and the public's choice was ...


Westword

Colorado Music Hall of Fame Inducts Dianne Reeves
Westword
As a teen in the '70s, jazz singer Dianne Reeves had a weekly gig at the Warehouse, a restaurant and music venue in Glendale that paid $250 each weekend. During her year-and-a-half stint there, her first extended professional club run, Reeves met ...

and more »

Quartz

AutoZone and Costco are your only sanctuaries from Christmas music this winter
Quartz
Thanks to the holiday season's ever-earlier kickoff (for just how bad it's gotten, see Quartz's Christmas creep calculator), Noël-themed music is already blaring in many public spaces. By the start of December, it'll be nearly inescapable. A recent ...


The Independent

Egyptian singer detained for four days for eating banana in music video
The Independent
An Egyptian pop star has been released after four days in jail and may face further questioning over a music video in which she wore only underwear eats a banana in a suggestive manner. Shaimaa Ahmed, known professionally as Shyma, released the racy ...
Egypt singer held for 'inciting debauchery' in music videoBBC News

all 60 news articles »

EW.com (blog)

Go behind the scenes of MGMT's 'Little Dark Age' music video
EW.com (blog)
Psych-rockers MGMT returned in October with “Little Dark Age,” the title track from their fourth album, set to arrive early next year. The band simultaneously dropped a predictably odd music video to go with the tune — and now they've shared a ...


Texas Monthly

Listen to the Ultimate Texas Music Playlist
Texas Monthly
There was a time years ago, for about five minutes, that I thought I had a handle on music. Granted, the music I loved represented only a tiny fragment of the cultural moment. But I'm an adult now, and that misguided confidence is long gone. In recent ...

and more »

Billboard

Taylor Swift Schools the Music Industry Once Again, While Streaming Services Wring Their Hands
Billboard
Every time Taylor Swift releases an album, she decides how to make it available -- and streaming service executives decide she's completely wrong. Swift's new album, Reputation, sold 1.212 million copies in the U.S. last week, according to Nielsen ...

and more »

Billboard

Post Malone's New 'Rockstar' Music Video is Ultraviolent: Watch
Billboard
Post Malone and 21 Savage's hit song “Rockstar” now has a music video. And be warned: it's a brutal, slice-and-dice affair (the “parental advisory and viewer warning” at the top is a giveaway). Post shows off his non-rap talents as he cuts a swathe ...
Post Malone's Comments About Rap Music Show His Disregard For Hip-Hop CultureUPROXX

all 35 news articles »
Google News

Musical Improvisation Basics - 8 Vital Things To Remember

This article discusses 8 vital things to remember as improvisers... Read More

Top Rap Song

After months of email and posts, we've finally compiled and... Read More

Is it Possible to Download Music Legally Anymore?

Throughout the past few years downloading music on the internet... Read More

How Can You Make A Rock Vocal Sound Better?

Admit it... you were expecting a magic answer to this... Read More

What is Music?

That's a fair question!Basically, you can call music any noise... Read More

Home Run Gigs

Are you still playing your heart out to small audiences... Read More

Learn to Play the Piano

Rocket Piano is a very professionally done piano lesson package.... Read More

Say Something

The music of Rush influences and inspires, at least that's... Read More

What is Piano GHD Syndrome?

Do you remember the movie, Groundhog Day? In this wonderful... Read More

How To Play The Violin

This article gives the essential basics for how to play... Read More

A Brief History of Gongs

The gong is one of the oldest musical instruments in... Read More

How to Construct Chords and Improvise

How To Construct Basic Chords on the PianoThe easiest way... Read More

The Downfall Of The #1 Southern Gospel Station

Back in the 90's we had a local Southern Gospel... Read More

Origin of Erik Saties Gnossiennes

The 'trois Gnossiennes' (1890) is a set of dance-like pieces... Read More

Automatic Control of Chords

CORRECT PRACTICE IS INDISPENSABLE!Your success or failure at the keyboard... Read More

Eminem: A Social Commentator

In an interview given to Musik Magazine in 2000, Eminem... Read More

How To Make Money On A Music Website Through Pay-Per-Click?

Interested in making money while you're asleep, or making money... Read More

Can You Really Learn To Play a Musical Instrument From an Online Course?

Out of the 250 million people in the United States,... Read More

Bono: From Music To Fashion To Helping The Poor

U2s lead singer Bono isn't content with being part of... Read More

Learning to Play the Piano with Chords Part 2

Do you want to learn how to play chords on... Read More

Songwriting - The Art of Writing a Good Song

Did you know that good songwriting is often the key... Read More

Songs Await Singer

I Want To Grow Old With You (C)Chorus: I want... Read More

Turn It Up: Plugging Into The Perfect Guitar And Amp Settings

Yowza! Did you hear that hideous noise? It sounded like... Read More

3 Secrets To Understanding What Makes Music Tick

It's no secret that virtually everyone loves music in some... Read More

How To Change Your Guitar Strings

Changing your guitar strings might make you feel a litte... Read More