Are you tired and frustrated of not getting the results you want in your guitar playing, even though you’re practicing for long hours during the week? If you can relate with this, chances are you might be doing what many guitarists do. Most guitar players focus on finding and practicing the correct things for them to become really great guitar players, but they completely forget about one crucial step: finding the things you must avoid for becoming a great musician. In fact, if you never add another single exercise to your practice routine and focus on identifying and avoiding the things that are holding you back, you will become a killer guitar player much faster.
Sounds good, doesn’t it? Here are the nine things you must avoid at all costs:
1. Failing To Identify and Isolate Trouble Spots
For many guitar players, “practicing harder” is the only way they develop anything on guitar. In order for you to get more results from what you practice, stop just “pushing harder” and learn the art of identifying what is holding you back, isolate it and work on this. Putting all your focus into what is blocking your guitar playing progress will allow you to get huge results much faster. Take a look at this great video on how to practice guitar for results and learn how to isolate and get better results.
Keep in mind that isolating a problem to work specifically is extremely different from practicing your musical skills in isolation. The first one is an effective way for eliminating obstacles in your guitar playing, while the second one will slow down your playing progress.
2. Not Implementing The Most Effective Guitar Practice Schedule
Here are two common myths believed by many guitar players:
Myth Number One: Effective guitar practice schedules have little effect on your guitar playing. This belief is incorrect. After teaching thousands of guitar students over the last three decades, I’ve discovered that an effective guitar practice schedule can make you improve 4 times faster than if you don’t use one at all.
Myth Number Two: Anyone can make their own practice schedule. This is also incorrect. You need to keep in mind that your guitar abilities don’t grow in a linear way. If you break down your practice sessions and allocate time uniformly for each item you’re going to practice, your overall guitar playing becomes unstable. This way you end up practicing too much on some items while not practicing enough on the ones that need it most.
Read this article and find out how you can create an effective guitar practice schedule.
3. Learning Guitar From Too Many Different Materials And Sources
Too many people have the wrong belief that the more information you collect the faster (and/or better) you will learn. This actually ends up overwhelming you and crippling your playing ability unless:
-The information is part of an efficient strategy for learning and is tailored to your own needs.
-The amount of new materials is filtered and balanced so you also learn integration and application of your guitar skills.
-You have a clear understanding of how to best practice to get the most out of each practice material.
If not all of these elements are present, keep a weary eye on the sources and practice materials you are learning from.
4. Learning From Inexperienced Guitar Teachers
Too many guitar players take advice from almost any guitarist who is more advanced than them. Truth is, having killer guitar playing skills is not the same as having the ability to teach someone how to develop better guitar playing skills. In addition, there is a distinction between a regular guitar teacher and a first-class guitar teacher, one who has taught thousands of students to become great guitarists. This is the main reason why you can’t evaluate a guitar teacher by how good his/her guitar playing skills are – you must judge a teacher by how good his students’ skills are.
An experienced guitar teacher is the only source you must learn from. Learning from random unexperienced guitar teachers will hurt your guitar playing progress and slow down your musical development.
5. Delaying Too Much Before You Begin Applying What You Learned
Application is the procedure of taking what you know and turning it into a skill. Any knowledge that you have is completely worthless if you can’t use it to create music. You will grow as a great guitar player much faster just by taking a break from constantly acquiring new knowledge and focusing on applying all that you currently know. Take this free mini-course and learn how to reach all your guitar playing goals.
6. Failing To Track Your Guitar Playing Progress
By tracking each element of your guitar playing, you will be able to easily identify which areas of your guitar playing need to be worked on more and which are the areas where you don't.
Tracking your guitar playing progress isn't something most guitar players will consider when trying to get more results from their guitar practice sessions. They think that adding more time to their practice session is the only way to improve faster. In reality, players that consistently track their progress, get up to seventy percent MORE results then the players who do not track it. But in order for this to be effective, you need to track not only things like 'what you are practicing', 'for how long have you been practicing' or 'how much notes you can play per minute', but track ALL and every single aspect of your guitar playing.
Use this great tool and track every aspect of your guitar playing and make faster guitar playing progress.
7. Emulating The Practice Routine Of Your Favorite Guitarists
It seems like common sense that if you practice like your favorite guitar players practice, you will develop your guitar skills just like them. In reality, doing this will only hurt your ability to play guitar and hold you back from achieving big results from every practice session. Every one of your favorite guitarists has totally different reasons for practicing what they practice (at the time they practice it) than you have. Guitar practice schedules that deliver the best results for them, usually will be pointless (or even risky) for you to follow.
If you really want to become a better guitar player faster, learn how to create guitar practice schedules tailored to your own musical needs, skill levels and goals.
8. Procrastinating On Mixing Different Skills Together
Practicing one guitar skill at a time is what most guitar players do. Sometimes, this type of linear practice is necessary, but in order to play guitar fluently you will be required to combine your skills together.
Guitar skills not integrated are like isolated words. Words can be meaningful but you do not have a real book until you have thousands of words combined with ideas, structure and messages. Just the same, integrated guitar skills constitute your overall guitar playing.
If you just work on your skills in isolation and you do not integrate them together it will also make your guitar playing unbalanced, causing you to perform well in some areas while playing like a beginner in others.
Add some time to your guitar practice session for practicing integrating your skills together. To learn more about this take a look at this great video about the most highly effective way to practice guitar.
9. Lacking Clear Goals For Each Guitar Practice Session
Many guitar players have set long-term goals. However, very few of them have set clear-cut, quantitative and rational “mini” goals for every time they practice guitar. These guitarist just keep practicing and hoping their daily practice will help them achieve their final goals. This pointless practice style is the main reason why most guitar players never become great. The best way to prevent this is by working with an expert guitar teacher, one who can lead you precisely towards your musical goals by showing you how and what you must practice.
Now you have learned the nine key things that slow down your guitar playing progress and you can make the adjustments needed to achieve your guitar playing goals much faster. To have a deep understanding of this process, take a look at the following video on how to practice guitar to get great results.