Ever Wonder How To Get The Most Out Of The Time You Spend Practicing Your Instrument?
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Aristotle
Here are your steps to success:
1. Set specific goals
Jot down on a piece of paper 6-8 areas you feel you need improvement such as fingering, scales, improvisation, etc. Discuss them with your instructor.
2. Make a plan to practicing those skills
Now that you have identified the areas that need work, device a time to dedicate enough effort to each area. Think not in amounts of time, but rather percentages of total time. A good approach may be something like 25% speed drills, 25% finger-picking, and 50% improvisation.
3. Commit to your plan of action
One think I can guarantee is that if you dedicate time and effort to practicing, the improvements will be noticeable. Sometimes, however, it may be difficult for you to notice any changes. Video tape yourself practicing every other week and then compare your playing. This will help you see how your technique, sound, speed and overall playing is improving.
The more you master your plan of action, the sooner you will reach a new level in your playing. The benefits of your hard work will show in your own playing.