Top 6 Guitar Practice Tips

Here’s my ultimate guitar practice breakdown. These are the things you should cover when you practice. I have also included a rough percentage of time that you should spend on them. I find that it’s easy to get into bad habits when practising. These can include overplaying, poor technique, practising too fast, and avoiding some important musical considerations.

 1. Some Technique 20% 

  • scales
  • arpeggios
  • slurs
  • finger independence
  • plating/preparation
  • speed

2. Difficult Passages 20%

  • with metronome
  • be playful and inventive
  • try not to get bogged down
3. Musicality 20%
  • Story
  • contrast
  • tension/release
  • phrasing
  • dynamics
  • tonal contrast
  • articulation

4. Learning new repertoire 20%

  •  Try and learn a variety of styles
  • research the context and composer/player
  • memorisation
  • ensemble or chamber repertoire
5. Stretching/relaxing/thinking/planning 10%
  •  Take regular breaks, clear your mind
  • Stand up and stretch, relax your body
  • Plan a little, ask yourself “is this the best use of my time?”
  • organisation
  • Think about what you want to do, and how you can have fun
6. Older repertoire 10% 
  •  keep older pieces active, its always good to maintain a solid repertoire for gigs, concerts and dinner parties!
  • Sometimes you can revisit pieces with new insights