The Frequently Overlooked Mistake That Makes Guitar Practice Less Effective

by Tom Hess

It’s nearly impossible to get good results from your guitar practice when you have musical goals that are not clearly defined. This frequently overlooked mistake leads to extremely slow progress and tons of unnecessary frustration.

You achieve results with your guitar practice much faster by making your goals as clearly-defined as possible. This begins with setting long-term guitar playing goals, then working backwards from them to determine the steps that lead you to your goal. This reveals the guitar skills you need to master, so you know exactly what to practice to improve.

Setting clear musical goals is about making them as specific as possible. For example, compare these musical goals:

  • Vague: “I want to become a better guitarist.”
  • Clearer: “I want to learn how to guitar fast.”
  • Clearest: “I want to play X guitar lick at 750 notes per minute, without making mistakes for 5 repetitions by Y date.”

Which of these goals is more likely to create a clear destination that can be reached with a specific practice routine? It’s a no-brainer. Breaking down all your guitar playing goals like this helps you become the guitarist you want to be MUCH faster!

Ask yourself these questions to create effective guitar practice routines that improve your playing quickly:

Before creating your own guitar practice schedule

Now that you know the first step to take for reaching your guitar playing goals, learn how to practice more effectively to reach them even faster. Read this guitar practice article to learn how to reach your guitar playing goals fast using an efficient practice schedule.

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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