Many people pick up the guitar only to drop it altogether after just a couple of months. The reason being - they don’t see any substantial progress.

There’s a myth that you need to work hard and invest a countless number of hours if you want to become a great guitarist. While you do need to practice, that’s not the only thing required to master the guitar...

In fact, with the right approach to learning, you’ll make fast progress and have a lot of fun along the way.

Here are 5 smart practice tips that can significantly boost your progress on your musical journey:

Consistency

There’s a myth about the guitar that more time equals better progress. But this isn’t true. Consistency is what will get you to progress faster and go further.

If you can just dedicate 10-15 minutes daily for your practice, you’ll become a far better player than someone who practices once or twice a week for hours and then leaves the guitar for the rest of the week.

Be consistent. Create the habit for yourself of picking up your guitar for 10-15 minutes per day.

And once you are in the habit of picking up the guitar daily, then gradually increase the practice time.

Enjoy The Process

One thing that kills the dream of playing guitar for many is unrealistic expectations. People see guitar greats ripping solos and wish to become like them in a month or a week.

That’s unrealistic and will leave you feeling demotivated. Embrace the fact that everything that’s great takes time. Even the champions were once newbies. Learn to enjoy the journey, and you’ll be happy and content when you reach your guitar goals!

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Sleep Well

How is sleep connected to learning the guitar? Well, there’s a deep connection between your energy levels and your ability to focus on something.

It’s so important that you have a fresh mind every time you pick up the guitar. This way, you’ll be able to concentrate fully and actually retain what you practiced.

Proper rest can keep you charged and give you the necessary energy and motivation to learn the guitar.

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Learn From a Tutor

This is probably the most important tip, especially if you are a beginner. There’s so much material available online that it can make you feel overwhelmed. It’s often hard to know who to follow and what to learn. Because each of the YouTube channels has a different way to teach.

While there’s no harm in taking a solo journey, simply having a tutor will make your life much easier.

You’ll have someone to ask questions to, and you’ll be given a path pattern to follow. Sure, you may choose to venture out alone once you get to a level where you feel confident on the guitar. But until that point, working with a tutor can be a really smart move!

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Practice Your Favourite Songs

Honestly, practicing only exercises can be boring at times. That’s why it is important to spice things up a little. When you learn some basic chords, such as C, G, Em, Am, etc., ask your teacher for some basic songs that you can play using those chords.

Learning songs is so much fun and can give you a new boost of motivation. It’ll also help you improve you chord changes and learning new strumming patterns.

Final Thoughts

Learning and playing guitar can be a little challenging at times. But that doesn’t mean you give up, right? Find new and interesting ways to stick at the guitar till you smash your goals!

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