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    Practice Makes Perfect: Take Out What You Put In

    by Simon James.

    No Pain No Gain!

    There’s no avoiding the fact that in order to be a good musician you must practice. No amount of reading or watching videos can deny that the more time you spend with your instrument in your hands playing, then the better a player you will be.

    The sooner you realise this the better and the more time you will have to devote to mastering your instrument. For the younger ones amongst you, you have the most to gain for those that start to do a lot of practice from an early age have more time and more years to hone your craft.

    Never Too Late To Learn

    However, this is not to discourage the more senior players amongst you. Even with a busy work schedule efficient practice time can yield significant results and if you have a regular practice routine you will find that these results will come by very quickly.

    I have always maintained that for a complete beginner if you practice regularly and efficiently for two months you will be able to play something recognisable and consistent on the guitar. Within 3-4 months you will be able to hold a rhythm and play along with a more advanced musician for a prolongued amount of time.

    At present I see around 70-80 guitarists a week and I can see and measure the levels of improvement. With my course for learning and with the right application on the part of the student the results are always significant and for the majority of those that stick with it come around very fast.

    john frusciante

    Efficient Practice

    By efficient practice time I recommend for a beginner, small amounts of practice time but played often. Ideally twice a day, but at the very least every day. For the more senior student, juggling practice time with heavy work schedules is not always easy. So I suggest that you practice as often as you can but just ensure that you are super efficient. Make sure you spend a third of your practice time on scales and other technical exercises. Then work on whatever piece you are studying. This ensures that you warm up well and trains the muscles to full effect, before being ready to begin studying.


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