Monthly Archives: May 2016

Practicing the guitar 6

Practicing the guitar between your guitar lessons in Nottingham. Hopefully by now you’re really getting a sense of what it means to apply awareness of your guitar tuition in every day life, no matter whether that’s finding short moments in the day where you actually can pause to pick up your guitar and play and not do anything else for a short time, and simply check in and allow yourself to have some time with the guitar.

But also that idea of familiarizing yourself with being present no matter what you’re doing, the moment you realise you’re distracted just gently bring the attention back to what you was practicing on the guitar or reading from your notes from your guitar lesson in Nottingham and starting to get a sense of what it means to apply awareness in everyday guitar practice no matter what you’re doing.

Long term what were looking to do with our practice time on the guitar is to build up stability in this feeling of really strong familiarization with what it means to be present whilst practicing and after a while that simply becomes a way of living and habit with your guitar practice and playing. It requires surprisingly little effort.

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Practicing Guitar 5

When we talk about integrating quality of practicing the guitar into every practice session, there are two ways of doing it. One is integrate being present in everything you are doing whilst you have your guitar in your hands with what ever you are doing. Another way is to find short bursts of time throughout the day where we can almost do a mini version of your guitar lesson or practice routine. You might find the odd minute or two where you are sitting on the bus or train or in a waiting room or at work. You don’t even have to be sitting with your guitar at all, you could be standing in line at the check out. You can use that time to just look over what you’ve done in your guitar lesson, it doesn’t even have to be that obvious but you can use that time to just visualize various chord or scale shapes or maybe a passage to the song you did last time in your guitar lesson. You will find, throughout the day that you get quite a lot of opportunities which at first might not have appeared to be there to just give yourself a mini guitar lesson.

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Practicing the guitar
From time to time whilst playing the guitar either in your home or at your guitar lessons you might find your mind drifting off and your playing suffering because of that.

When this happens its best to have a break if needed or work on something else which your guitar teacher has given you. I always look back to my honeymoon (jokes aside) my best guitar playing took place when I came back after three weeks of being away from the guitar. I felt refreshed and actually missed playing my guitar.

From time to time playing the guitar might seem like a chore and its important to split your practice time into sections. Have some fun down time playing songs you enjoy as well as working on parts which you might find challenging.

I gave a guitar lesson today and the man I taught said he was really struggling with his barre chords and that he felt frustrated with it. He had taken a few days off to unwind and came to his lesson today and was absolutely fine for what I would deem acceptable at his level of playing. Very often we can put unrealistic expectations on ourselves and this can be damaging to our overall practice and improvement of the guitar.

To summarise take a break if you are finding your mind drifting off and also to just be aware that leaning the guitar takes time and to just enjoy the process of watching yourself grow.

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Over the next few blog posts we will look at some of the obstacles to practicing guitar and how to over come them when they arise. We will also look at your motivation. You’ll have your own reasons why your going for guitar lessons and why you’re learning the guitar. Its really important to recognise how it impacts those around you as well because when you bring that attitude to your daily guitar practice it tends to soften the mind and making the practice feel that much easier. Imagine how good it will feel to be able to play at ease to your friends and family just being able to pick up the guitar and play! Perhaps you would like to perform in front of others at an event such as an open mic or a jam session or you might want to join a band. Maybe you want to play for a special occasion such as wedding or a birthday for your child. Either way, use these motivations each tine you pick up the guitar.

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By changing the outlook a little bit, by changing the thoughts, when approaching a practice session or guitar lesson and thinking how it will benefit you and others around you by playing the guitar and being able to show loved ones how well you’re doing, usually what happens is the mind softens a little bit and we start to find a bit of extra space and are able to switch off from the day and are able to enjoy the many benefits of playing the guitar.

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You will have already discovered that when you sit down to practice the guitar, the mind will immediately sit still and be prepared to concentrate on the guitar practice. Try not to change your mind or stop thoughts, instead try to change the way you relate to the thoughts and the feelings you may have as you sit down to play your guitar. A big part of it is how we choose to frame the exercise and how we choose to approach the exercise – it really comes down to motivation and intention. Usually in every day like we are caught up in our ‘stuff’ and because of this, the mind can feel quite full and not able to concentrate at will.

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