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    How To Develop Good Practising Habits

    by Simon James.

    I read somewhere that it takes 21 days to develop a habit. If you do something continuously for that amount of time, you will become adjusted to the routine as it will become second nature.

    Some habits are certainly easier to get into than others. While the 21 days theory generally holds true for most forms of behaviour, being able to undertake desired activities consistently for 21 days can often be problematic.

    If you are to miss out on one or two of the days in the routine this can break up the routine and prevent the habit forming from becoming second nature.

    Here are a few tips to help build the habit:


    Ensure that the area that you practice in is convenient and well organised. Make sure that your guitar is within easy reach and doesn’t require too much effort to set up along with a music stand, metronome, amplifier and whatever other equipment you like to use. By simply flicking a few switches and getting straight into it will stop practice from seeming like a drag!


    Always make sure that you are comfortable when you practice. See to it that you have a good technique so that you don’t develop any aches and pains that would deter you from spending time with your guitar. Keeping your back straight by avoiding slouching, keeping you wrists straight and doing short bursts of practice when learning new and complicated techniques will ensure that you look after your body rather than putting it under undue stress and thus making practice undesirable.

    Warm Ups:

    Running through some exercises to warm up your hands are beneficial for a number of reasons. They help stretch your muscles, develop strength and endurance, improve confidence, skill and knowledge of music theory. Going head first into a piece that you are studying without warming up is not advisable. You will struggle to play it and put your hands under stress that can easily be avoided. By warming up first you will find that your head, hand and instrument will become synced up, rather like the tracking align system between the steering wheel and the front wheels of a car. When all is ‘inline,’ then begin the business of playing your study pieces and see how responsive your fingers will be.

    These pointers are all really useful to help develop the habit of playing music regularly. Once you have passed the 21 days it will feel completely normal and you will feel bad if you miss a day.

    It goes without saying that those who are good at playing music are that way because playing music is a habit that forms part of their daily routine.


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