How To Improve The Expressiveness Of Your Guitar Playing

Do you want to play guitar with feeling (but struggle to do so)? You are not alone. Guitar players at all levels want to become more creative than they are and learn to fully express themselves through their guitar playing. 

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Bad Guitar Practice Habit #1: Becoming Frustrated By Mistakes

Guitarists who learn on their own frequently fill their mind with negative/disempowering thoughts such as “I’m not good enough”, “I suck” or “This is too hard”.

These kinds of thoughts not only make practice more stressful and frustrating, but take up space for more productive thoughts that are helpful.

Guitar players who get the most out of their practice time think of mistakes as a positive thing. It shows them what they must work on next to improve.

When you think this way, you open the door to asking yourself questions that help you get better faster, such as: “How can I practice X as effectively as possible?” or “What is the specific mistake I must correct to play Y?”

Bad Guitar Practice Habit #2: Wasting Time

Guitarists commonly make the critical mistake of playing an entire lick over and over when they only struggle to play a few notes within it. This wastes tons of time and makes your progress slower.

Making your practice more effective means only spending time to correct problems that need to be corrected. The less time you waste, the faster you improve.

You streamline this process by creating an effective practice schedule that leads you directly to your goals.

Bad Guitar Practice Habit #3: Not Focusing On The Right Things

Because guitarists who learn on their own have no idea what the right things are to practice, they work on things that seem to be right.

For example, they might feel like it is the right things to practice playing scales over and over to a metronome in order to get better at playing guitar solos. Then they try to play solos creatively and find they have no idea what to do.

This is because they didn’t think to practice things like phrasing, skill integration, creativity and so forth. This results in a massive loss of motivation to practice.

How To Practice Guitar More Effectively And Reach Your Musical Goals:

Look for the best guitar instructor you can find. This teacher will lay the foundation for you to achieve your goals using effective practice strategies and routines. Then you have the tools needed to stay motivated for a very long time.

This Underappreciated Trick Keeps You Motivated To Practice Guitar For A Long Time

Why do so many guitar players lose motivation to practice? This commonly occurs from boredom, not getting great results or not seeing yourself actively getting better.

Solution: Track your guitar playing progress consistently each week.

How tracking your progress keeps you motivated and makes you a better guitarist faster:

1. You Learn What Is And Isn’t Working In Your Practice.

Without tracking your guitar playing, it isn’t always clear which practice items are helping you make the most progress. Tracking your playing helps you do this as specifically as possible. This makes your guitar practice extremely productive.

For example, you get much better results from your guitar practice when you understand that practicing scales for 2 hours per day is less effective for helping you improvise better than practicing phrasing for 30 minutes per day.

One way to prove this is to use one approach per week and track which one helps you improvise longer without repeating the same ideas. Note: This is just one example, there are tons of other ways to track different guitar playing skills.

2. You Get Proof Of The Progress You Already Made

You gain a lot of motivation for guitar practice when you see how much closer you are to achieving your goals each week.

This makes practice fun and exciting. This is one of the best ways to eliminate boredom in your practice and make it into an enjoyable activity.

3. You Identify Your Musical Weaknesses

Understanding your weak points on guitar tells you what should take priority in your practice. When you track your progress, you quickly identify which areas of your playing are the weakest (helping you avoid working too much on things you’ve already mastered).

This is very important for making your practice time very efficient. Even with only 20 minutes a day to practice, you get great results as long as your practice is as effective as possible.



Having a teacher is great, but organizing your guitar practice effectively just takes your playing to a new dimension (fast). This is why I designed the Guitar Practice Generator. Here is what my students have to say about it:


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