The (RARE) Secret To Spending More Time With Your Guitar
Article by Stefan Joubert (All rights reserved)
95% Of all students that I instruct, frequently tell me that they just don’t have enough time to practice.
My usual response to them is the following: “Just keep on going, do the best you can, practice regularly and USE your photographic capabilities!”
Capitalising on Wasted Time
According to the Telegraph Britons spent six months of their lives queuing. (See – Telegraph article)
The average American spends three hours per day watching television according to the US bureau of Labour.
Did you know that you can actually make amazing progress during wasted hours by practising in your mind’s eye?
Improving your guitar playing is mostly mental and all improvement happens within your mind.
If you watch or listen to Steve Vai playing a solo at the speed of light with intense emotion, feel and authority guess what – it’s all happening inside of his mind.
The truth is you do not always need to spend time physically with your guitar in order to make lasting progress.
You can practice the knowledge part of guitar playing in your mind’s eye.
By doing so you can capitalise on lost time and make tremendous progress rather than wasting your time and doing nothing.
Here’s a few practical things you can do to turn wasted time into productive guitar learning time:
Scales and arpeggios
You can practice your guitar scales and arpeggios at any time of the day in your mind’s eye.
I recommend making a list with tick boxes next to each scale/arpeggio item you want to practice and once you’ve completed it, simply tick the item off.
I always recommend practising chords across the guitar fretboard in different string groups using the same family of chords.
If you start with the E Major family of chords, you can then practice E Major, E Major 7, E Major 9, E6/9, E6.
If you start with E Minor family of chords, you can then practice E Minor, E Minor 7, E Minor 9, E Minor 11, E Min 6/9, E Minor 6.
Once again, make a list and tick off the items completed!
Memorising the notes on the guitar’s fretboard
Wasted time can easily be turned into productive time by practising the notes on the guitar’s fretboard.
Simply select a note, let’s say C# and practice all the C#s across the entire fretboard throughout all six strings.
In the beginning this exercise might seem daunting, as you may have never practiced visualising the fretboard in your mind’s eye.
If you do persist and continue to try, it will become easier and easier.
The greatest reward that you will get from this exercise is to know your entire fretboard inside out! THAT IS PRICELESS!
Practising your intervals
Believe it or not, your mind is a machine.
Your mind is able to see things.
Your mind is able to hear things.
Your mind is able to smell things.
During wasted time you can actually practice hearing musical intervals.
A good exercise to start with is to hear the difference between a major and minor third interval.
In addition to hearing the intervals in your mind, you can also see the distance between two intervals on the guitar’s neck.
Practising intervals in your mind will increase your ENTIRE musicianship.
In Final Conclusion: You’ve Got A Lot More Time Than You Think And It’s Up to You to Use It!
If you are faithful in little, you will be faithful in much.
If you use your time away from the guitar during wasted hours to practice, you will increase your playing skills tremendously. If you just practice physically on your instrument you will lack the surety that you would gain from doing this crucial exercise! (Guitarists who frequently practice in their mind’s eye are much more sure of where chords and scale patterns are found than those who only practice physically on the guitar.)
Remember at the end of the day your guitar success or failure is in your hands. You may feel that you are not talented, or you don’t have the skill. I can guarantee you that that’s not your problem. Your first issue is probably lack of good guitar training. Your second issue is probably not practising properly. If you resolve these issues you will be flying on the guitar!
If you really want to make a radical difference to guitar journey, join my online correspondence guitar lessons today.
Have fun playing the guitar, and remember not to judge the day by how well you ‘feel’ you are playing (your harvest), but rather by the effort (seeds) you put into your guitar playing! (your field)
Try and apply one of the methods above immediately on the guitar and send me a mail to let me know how you getting along: email@example.com