Want to be the next guitar legend? Avoid selling your soul to the devil by following these 5 steps!
Step #1: Practice
Seems obvious right? Well, I’m sorry to break it to you but there is no way to get good at something without practicing, so you need to at least be willing to put in the time. Don’t be discouraged, though. Any amount of time you can put towards playing is well worth it. With just a few hours a week, you can really get good quite quickly. The more time you put towards practice the better, but cramming and continuing past the point of focus won’t yield good results. Mindful practice where you are focused on what you are doing should be the priority. Which leads me to…
Step #2: Eat
Yes we all eat pretty much all the time, it’s what we do… consume, but what we choose to eat has an undeniable effect on our health and our mood, some foods more then others. The absolute worst thing you could possibly eat in the quantities that most of us do is sugar. I’m not going to go into major details here but the way we get most of our energy from sugar is like running a hybrid car on rocket fuel. It burns quick and there is a ton of waste, the quick burn crashes blood sugar and kills higher level brain activity, and the waste goes to the gut as fat. I don’t want to get all preachy but seriously just look at the facts and decide if you still want to start your day with 3 spoons of sugar in your coffee and 2 in your cereal.
Step #3: Practice!
More practice, this is where you will be spending most of your time. I hope you are enjoying it! “Come here everyday and I’ll train you” Create a new folder on your computer, name it guitar lessons and start saving EVERY lesson you find online to that folder. Put a shortcut on your desktop so you don’t forget it. Pick a random lesson from this folder everyday and give it an honest try. It doesn’t matter if you can’t do it just yet – trying is what is important here. Trying new and different things is a great way to keep your practice and your playing style fresh. It’s best not to get stuck in one genre and changing it up can be great for creativity.
Step #4: Sleep
Sleep is also hugely important for improving your skills. Without enough sleep, the brain doesn’t get enough time to fully recharge, which means that your practice time will not be as effective. A couple simple ways to improve your sleep are:
- Set a bedtime that you stick to.
- Switch off all distractions like computers and TV’s and try to make your room as dark as possible.
Always go for at least 6 hours of sleep. I have personally found 7:30 hours to be the perfect amount for a full recharge.
Step 5#: Practice!!!
Grab that guitar and jam the riff that you wanted to get up to tempo, play that chord progression over and over again. Practice really does make perfect and as long as you practice with intent you will make a lot of progress in a small amount of time. Try setting a practice schedule with specific times for your practice and stick to those times. Practice every day for as much time as you can. If you do just a little bit every day you will go a long way. Enjoy yourself! You don’t need to be a musical maestro to write a cool song. Mess around a little bit as well and just see what happens. It’s all about having a good time at the end of the day and trust me you will have a great time when you get really good at it. 😉