Common Practice Mistakes Your Guitar Students Make & How To Fix Them

by Tom Hess

Your guitar students usually don’t practice guitar correctly by default. Part of your job as a guitar teacher is to train your guitar students to solve their guitar playing challenges.

Common guitar practice mistakes your students make include:

1. Not Isolating Their Guitar Playing Problems

Some guitar players simply play the song or exercise they struggle with over and over. They make no attempt to focus on the specific mistakes that are happening.

This makes their guitar practice very inefficient.

Part of your job as a guitar is to make your students aware of these inefficiencies and get them to focus on them.

2. They Are Not Staying Focused When They Practice

Effective guitar practice requires a lot of concentration. Most guitar students aren’t naturally disciplined enough to concentrate on their own.

One of your roles as a guitar teacher is to monitor what your students focus on and keep their attention where it needs to be.

How to inspire your guitar students to practice

If you are having a hard time keeping your guitar students motivated to practice, consider this:

You empower your students by getting them to practice guitar in front of you during their guitar lesson. This ensures that they practice correctly and builds their self-reliance, self-discipline and mental focus.

You are able to correct inefficiencies in their guitar practice and show them that they can achieve significant results from their efforts.

This training builds your students’ confidence and makes them enjoy the process of practicing.

The more your students enjoy guitar practice, the more likely they are to do it at home. This makes them better guitar players faster and reflects better on you as a guitar teacher.

3. Not Practicing The Problem Area In Context

Some guitar players isolate their problem areas too much. They practice the problem area over and over, but never integrate it into context.This makes their playing sloppy and inconsistent when they actually play their music for real.

Solving this problem for your students makes a huge difference in their levels of motivation to keep practicing, the results they get and their ability to become great overall musicians.

You must train your guitar students to balance isolation practice with contextual practice to help them make faster progress.

Learn more strategies for training your guitar students to become great musicians quickly.

Tom HessAbout Tom Hess: Tom Hess is a guitar teacher, music career mentor and guitar teacher trainer. He trains guitar teachers from all over the world how to earn 6-figures per year teaching guitar, while working less than 40 hours per week. 

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