Want to know a few things you can do to stay motivated about practicing?
Something I hear a lot as a guitar teacher is “some days practice feels boring and repetitive. For this reason, it’s hard to make myself practice sometimes.”
I’m going to share with you some tips to keep practice fun and motivating, but first of all let me make something perfectly clear:
Repetition is an unavoidable part of practice.
No matter what anyone tells you – the only way to get good at something is to practice it over and over again.
The best tip I can give someone who finds practice boring is to embrace that part of it and learn to love it – let it be like meditation.
If that’s not something you feel you can work with, then grow up or go back to Guitar Hero because you’re probably not going to enjoy guitar very much.
Now that I’ve got that out of the way – let me tell you a few things you can do to make practicing feel fun and more motivating!
Keep a Practice Log
If you keep a practice log and write down what you practiced, how long you practiced and any breakthroughs you might have experienced – it can be a great source of motivation as well as a great way to chronicle your good work.
Celebrate Your Achievements
When you achieve something you’re proud of – don’t be shy to celebrate it! This can be done by ordering something you like from Uber eats or treating yourself to a new piece of gear.
Film Your playing and Watch The Video After a Month
Filming your playing and watching it back after a certain amount of time is a great way to see how far you’ve come.
Jam With Other People
Jamming with other people can be a lot of fun. It can also give you extra motivation to practice!
Practice Something You Want To Play
Practicing a song you love or a solo by your favourite guitarist can help a lot when you hit a hard patch.
If you’re going through a challenging period of practice, at least it’s for a song or solo you love!