5 Most Simple and Powerful Guitar Practice Tips Ever
This includes creating a structure in what you practice, where you practice, when you practice, and setting goals for yourself to accomplish. Sticking with the tips in this article will get you on the road to learning the guitar proficiently and in the quickest amount of time.
1. What Should I practice?
Before starting your guitar practice sessions, I always recommend to start off with a warm up exercise to get the blood flowing in your fingers. Here is a Chromatic (a fancy term for when you play all 12 pitches in the sequence of notes) exercise here:
(Use your index finger for the first fret, middle finger for the second fret, ring finger for the third fret, and pinky for the fourth fret on each string). Watch this video instructional:
After you have warmed up, there are several things that you can work on as a beginner: Scales, Single Line Melodies, Sheet Music Reading, Ear Training, Music Theory, Chords, and much more. The way that you want to approach all of these is very similar, but let’s take a closer look at practicing chords.
2. Practicing chords
The most effective practice method is to play slowly at first and perfect what you are playing. From there, practicing allows you to get to a faster speed, taking the clarity of the sound that you developed while playing it slowly. Start off by getting the chords in your left hand, and pick through each string to make sure each note rings out clearly. Use Uberchord App , it is free and the most effective way to learn chords and improve your chord changing on Guitar.
After getting the clarity out of the chords, the next step is to practice transitioning between them. The most effective way to do this is with chord progression exercises, where we strum each chord four times in a series of chords. Here is a Chord Progression example that you can use with any set of chords:
Strum each chord four times:
A quick tip: You should initially practice at half of the speed you intend to play your music at.
Using a metronome, start off playing at 50 BPM, strumming down on each beat every time you hear the click.
Once you can transition between the two chords without any pause in between them, speed up the metronome by 5 BPM at a time until you reach 80 BPM.
Eliminate any pauses between your chords, and make sure that each note comes out clearly in every chord.
Practicing with a metronome is beneficial to keeping the rhythm and timing of tunes, but is also a great tool to set practice goals with. Stay tuned to Uberchord’s blogs for my next series on using your metronome effectively and making it fun.
Watch this video on some really interesting chord changing tricks:
Lastly, always save room to have some fun in your practice sessions and to play your favorite artist or songs! This is a great way to build your repertoire and apply your chord knowledge, technique, and proficiency into songs by the artists you enjoy listening to.
3. When should I practice?
Of course, the simple way to answer this is to say as much as you can. But since our schedules do not always allow that flexibility, the best way is to get in a habit of a specific practice schedule routine. One great way is to practice every day at a specific time based around your current schedule. Some of my students practice after school, after work, or whenever they can pick it up throughout the day. Remember that learning the guitar is a discipline, so it requires a consistency of practice to progress. With our new update of Uberchord App , you can follow your progress, log your reports, schedule reminders and alerts to meet your daily or weekly guitar playing goals.
Having a practice sheet allows you to stay on track towards your specific goals and to further discipline your practice routine. You can also download your very own WeeklyPracticeLogSheet here and start using it for scheduling and logging your practice time, practice material, and future goals.
4. Where should I practice?
This is a topic that is often skipped over when talking about practice routines, but it is just as important as the others. Where you practice is another part of turning your practice routine into a habit that will flourish results. The best places to practice guitar are where you can be comfortable and without any distractions nearby. You want to be able to hear yourself play and to give your full focus to what you are working on. Many like the solitude of
5. Set Goals For Yourself and Guitar practice
Lastly, always set goals for guitar practice to stick to and accomplish. Whether that be playing a song at a certain tempo, making your chords