30 Day Challenge

Another year has come and gone. And with the new year, many of you will be making new resolutions in regards to your guitar playing.

The most common new years resolution is "I'm going to practice more". That's great, but let me share a tip that will help you get the most out of your practicing and avoid the all-too-common aimless, meandering type of practice.

I call this the 30 Day Challenge. Start by creating a list of things you want to accomplish with the guitar. This could be techniques you want to learn, styles you want to master, players you want to study, tunes you want to learn, etc. Anything goes. Write it all down.

Once you've got a decent list of practice topics to choose from, pick one item from the list that really appeals to you. Stick to that practice topic for the next 30 days. You can still practice other things, of course, but be sure to be consistent with your chosen topic for a full 30 days.

Once 30 days has passed, pick another topic from your list and focus on that for the next 30 days.

Practicing in this way gives you the time and exposure needed to really dig deep into the different practice topics. This is where lasting musical growth happens - not in skimming over tons of different musical ideas but in focusing deeply on a few.

I've decided to spend the next 30 days working on my right hand picking technique. This is an area I've struggled with for too long.

Who else is going to take the 30 Day Challenge? Leave a comment below and let us know what you'll be working on for the next 30 days.

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