Having a steady practice routine is extremely important when you are learning the guitar. A consistent practice routine is highly beneficial for any type of guitar player from a beginning student to an advanced player. You can learn all about music theory in books but, the real test is when you apply the music theory to the guitar fretboard! It is the knowledge and application together that makes all the difference.
Creating A Practice Routine:
- The first thing to do is set a certain amount of time each day for practicing the guitar. You can practice 30 min. a day or 4 hours a day. Just set a time for practicing the guitar.Be consistent.
- Practice chords. If you are a beginner, learn the basics & practice chord transitions. If you are an intermediate player wanting to expand your knowledge, learn chord extensions.
- Practice scales. Learn pentatonic scales,Major scales and modes.Understanding how to play scales across the entire fret board.Play scales vertically as well as horizontally. Understand how to play a scale pattern on one string,this will help you understand the scale layout across the entire fret board.
- Practice arpeggios. Arpeggios are “broken chords”. You basically play each note of a chord. If you take a C Major chord and play the notes that create the chord you will be playing C,E,G notes across the entire fret board.
- Learn songs or create your own. Chords, scales and arpeggios create songs. So, use theory to create your own songs.
Creative Songwriting(15 min.)
Here is an hour long practice routine. You can adjust your practice times accordingly. The main objective is to practice,practice,practice!