Effective Guitar Practice - Play at the Edge of your Ability

We all know that the quickest way to improve on guitar is to practice.

But not all methods of practicing are created equal. In fact, it's entirely possible to get worse at guitar by practicing carelessly or thoughtlessly.

A fundamental method for effectice guitar practice is this: practice at the edge of your ability.

You should be reasonably challenged by your practice session, but never overwhelmed. This also means you shouldn't waste time running up and down the same exercises you've had mastered for 5 years. Find the middle ground and work there.

You may be thinking this is just common sense - you'd be right. But how many of us actually put this common sense into action every time we practice?

So here's your challenge: every time you pick up your guitar to practice this week, put a little more thought into your practicing. No more autopilot. No more biting off more than you can chew.

Find something that presents a reasonable yet attainable challenge and work there. Before long, you'll form the habit of practicing at the edge of your ability, and this new habit will ensure constant improvement.

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