How Getting Better At Guitar Becomes Easy By Making Your Practice Harder

by Tom Hess

Guitar playing progress often occurs when you discover mistakes that were holding you back by trying a new approach you never thought of before. 

One of the best ways to start making faster progress is to find creative ways to make your guitar practice more challenging. This helps you make breakthroughs in your playing because it forces you to approach problems from different angles.

Here are a few examples of how to make it easy to get results from your practice by challenging yourself in creative ways:

  • Alternate picking sweep arpeggios – Doing this forces you to keep both hands in perfect sync to play the notes cleanly.
  • Double picking scales (picking every note twice) – This is another great way to lock your hands in perfect sync and make fast playing feel easier.
  • Using only upstrokes to play any given lick – This balances out your picking attack, making it easier to pick when you pick like normal.
  • Standing while playing – Always practice sitting down? Try standing and walking around your room. This feels very different and forces you to adjust to play the right notes consistently.
  • Playing without looking at your instrument – Once you are able to play without looking at the guitar, playing normally becomes a breeze.

Note: Working with a guitar teacher helps you understand the best and fastest ways to correct core issues, so you don't have to guess and always practice as efficiently as possible.

Want to learn more ways to get great results from your guitar practice? Read this guitar practice article to learn a unique practice circuit that helps you improve any guitar skill super fast.


Tom HessAbout Tom Hess: Tom Hess is a guitar teacher, music career mentor and guitar teacher trainer. He teaches rock guitar lessons online to students from all over the world and conducts instructional live guitar training events attended by musicians from over 50 countries.

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