One problem a lot of people face is finding time to practice – or they flat out forget to! So if you are one of those people, this blog post is for you – 12 ways you can find more time to practice:

  1. Leave your guitar out infront of you so you always see it. If you are constantly seeing it, it is hard to forget to practice.
  2. Set aside 15-20 minutes each day of distraction free guitar time. Turn your phone off and let those around you know you don’t want to be disturbed or distracted for the next 15 minutes. Make this part of your routine.
  3. Wake up 30 minutes earlier.
  4. Goto sleep 30 minutes later.
  5. If you are watching TV, have your guitar nearby. You can practice quietly, or just practice in the advert breaks. In the course of a 1 hour show, you will get at least 15 minutes practice time by playing in the advert breaks!
  6. Take your guitar to work, play during your lunch hour.
  7. Spend less time on facebook / buzzfeed and practice instead.
  8. Visualize playing. To your brain, visualizing something and actually doing it are very similar. You can work out chord shapes, where notes are along the neck, or picture yourself playing through a piece you are practicing as you fall asleep.
  9. Stop watching so much TV in the evenings. What will give you a better life, having an encyclopedic knowledge of TV shows, or being able to play guitar much better?
  10. Play less video games.
  11. With your guitar out infront of you, every time you walk past it, play a chord.
  12. Make it a habit.

 

Number 12 is my favourite. I get my practice done in the mornings first thing after breakfast, so that I know I’ve done it for the rest of the day.