If you think you need to practice more than 30 minutes a day…
I have some breaking news…
Before I explain why I’d like you to imagine something for me…
Think about an ordinary day for you.
Let your mind populate thoughts of things that you need to do. Daily tasks that need completing. Or anything else you have to do.
Now with all of that in your mind, imagine you have to do one, two, five hours of guitar practice on top of everything.
What kind of feeling comes up for you?
Whatever came up for you… there’s one feeling that always comes up for me.
And feeling like "there’s not enough time to get it all done."
In my experience you do NOT need to ever practice more than 30 minutes a day.
You might read about the guitar heroes of the world and how they practiced for hours a day. You might have heard stories from friends telling you how much they practiced…
Or from other teachers recommending an absurd amount of practice time.
It’s all rubbish.
I don’t mean to imply that you shouldn’t practice that much if you have the time, and you enjoy it. By all means go for it…
But one of the biggest lies you’ve been fed is this:
More time = more results
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
It’s like the common phrase - “practice smarter, not harder”
You want to be “smart” about your guitar practice. Practicing smarter means you put in LESS time and see MORE results.
It’s better to try to squeeze as much out of the time you do have BEFORE you think about practicing more.
When you know the guiding principles of practice, 30 minutes becomes plenty of time.
And the good news is that if you’re the kind of person who still wants to practice lots... your progress will likely double.
So how do you “practice smarter?”
It’s all about keeping your brain focused.
Keep your mind active on what you’re trying to improve while you practice.
That’s the key.