Many people pick up a guitar and just start playing anywhere. And leave their guitar lying around at random places around the house.
But if you want to have somewhere where you can really focus, then it's useful to have a few things set up.
You see this guide to help get your practice area organised and ready for learning.
Have everything you need ready
Before you set up your practicing area and sure you have everything you need.
Such as your guitar picks, guitar strings, music paper, guitar stand, books, and so on.
You don't want to be fumbling around trying to find things while you're trying to practice.
Make a list of everything that you need. This will save you time as you are practicing.
If you need something for the next practice session, have that ready to go.
Dedicated Room or Area
If you can, try to have a dedicated room for practice. This could be a spare room or office in your home. It's fine to practice in the bedroom, but you can get distracted. The living room has distractions, too. A dedicated room gives you a place where you can go on your own to practice your guitar. And the benefit of being able to try things out without worrying what other people think about your guitar playing.
If you live in London, this can be a luxury. So I would recommend having a little area where you've set up your guitar things in a corner. Where you can't see your distractions. Whatever those might be for you.
Or this could be somewhere in an office where you've got space to do so as well.
Remove obstacles and clutter
You don't want to be bumping into things or climbing over furniture while practicing. This could be difficult in a small apartment, but you need the room to practice. Remove is things away from your practice area to keep it clutter-free.
And I don't know about you but I can really struggle to focus if I'm always thinking about tidying up things around me. So it's best to keep it clear.
Dedicated guitar chair
When practicing the guitar, you need a chair that does not have armrests. The reason for this is you want your arms to be free while playing. You can buy dedicated guitar stools or chairs for this purpose.
You can get these at most guitar stores. You can also use a regular office chair that doesn't have armrests.
Make sure the seat is comfortable and that it has a good back. Your feet should rest on the ground. Some players like a footstool, so you might want to pick one of those up and try it out.
Or some huge books can work as well.
Desk or table
You may want to have a desk or a table in your practice area. This makes it easy for you to reach for something that you're using for the practice session. if you don't have a desk or a table, a small bookshelf is suitable for your paperwork.
The key point is to keep things organised before you begin practicing.
And the more you play, the more collection of books, papers you might come to collect as well.
This is where you'll put your paperwork while you were practicing. you can get different music stands, but you want one that has a solid base and enough space for your books.
Some stands are quite flimsy and small, so you want to avoid these. There should be small pieces of metal on a stand that you can flip up to hold your books in place.
We like this one:
Here the link on Amazon: Tiger Music Stand
Getting away from distractions
Set up your practice area away from the television, video games, or anything else that is going to distract you.
It's important to concentrate on your music and not anything else.
Turn off your cell phone if you have one while you practice. Let others know in a household that you plan to practice guitar and don't want to be disturbed.
Folders or a filing system
You may want to invest in a filing cabinet or a good folder system. This is a good way to organise your music.
For example, you can have folders for songs, scales, chords, different techniques, and so on. This gives you a central location where you can find all your music. You might get lots of loose papers in the cause of learning guitar. And it's good to have a system to organise them.
You could use the filing cabinet to store music books as well based upon what they are about.
Guitar practicing takes a lot of work. You should motivate yourself by putting some posters on the wall. These can be pictures of your famous players, famous music quotes, and so on. These will give you added motivation when you play. you could also put pictures of scales, chords, and other things you can refer to them.
If you don't have wall space. You could have images on your phone and follow inspirational guitar players online to help inspire you.
Set up a schedule
You could put this on your wall if you want.
This is where you can write down what's your plan to do during the practice session. You could make a poster out of this, so it's large and easy to read. This gives you an incentive as you practice.
Check off each thing that you practice. This lets you know that you have accomplished something.
Or you could write it down in a notebook when you are planning on practise. It doesn't have to be a lot of time. But every little bit will help you build up a habit.
By following these tips, you should have a great practice room. this keeps you organised and gives you the space you need to practice your guitar.
If you would like help on what to practise during your time. Whether you are getting a bit lost on what yo do. Or want to avoid practising the wrong things and wasting time. Find out more how we can help with our Guitar School based in Stratford, East London.