Like everything in life, how we approach practicing guitar is a matter of finding the right balance. So, how much guitar practice is enough to make solid progress without burning out or getting frustrated?
For a guitar beginner, motivation is usually not an issue. At least not in the first couple of weeks or months. But the fact is, over 90% of people who decided to learn how to play the instrument quit within the first month. It’s usually out of frustration, disappointment and the realization that learning to play guitar is harder than they thought.
Now, while I don’t mean to generalize, I am however convinced that one – if not the primary – issue is the approach beginners take to guitar practice. As I said, it comes down to finding a balanced method that allows the student to overcome the inevitable challenges all guitarist have faced when they started. Learning guitar is not easy, and that is true for everybody, no matter how talented or motivated you are. That’s an important acknowledgement, because the fact of the matter is, all the talent in the world doesn’t get you anywhere if you don’t practice. Conversely, if you do put in the work, you can absolutely overcome lack of talent.
How Much Guitar Practice Per Day Is Recommended?
There is no such thing as golden rule or ultima ratio to “how much guitar practice daily or weekly” is recommended. But as a rule of thumb, I suggest to my students to go with 20 minutes per day, 5 or 6 days a week. If you can do that, you’ll be fine. As long as you make sure that you in fact don’t compromise the quality of your guitar practice. I will elaborate on that in a minute. But as far as time commitment is concerned, 20 minutes a day is fantastic. Take one (or two) days off per week to allow your fingers to recover. Playing guitar is both, a mental and physical exercise. And I’m not just talking about your fingertips that will hurt a lot in the beginning. Your back, neck, shoulders, arms and even your legs need some adjustment, too. For a beginner, holding a guitar is difficult and playing guitar is exhausting. Your mind and body need time to get used to your new activity.
What Is An Effective Guitar Practice Routine?
So, we just talked about how much time you should spend on practicing guitar. However, time – or quantity – is only one factor. Equally important is the quality of your guitar practicing routine. Being on your cellphone while practicing or watching TV will not get you the results you want. If you want to get the most out of your daily routine, make sure you are:
– By yourself
– In a room/space that’s conducive to practice guitar
– Not getting distracted by cell phones, TVs, children, pets, etc.
– In the right mindset and focused on the task
– Ready to follow your guitar practice routine, no matter if you like it or not
Guitar Practice For Beginners
In my experience, the easiest way to get started on guitar and make good progress is with the help of a teacher. In this day and age, of course, the Internet offers a lot of alternatives to the traditional way of hiring a guitar teacher for face-to-face lessons. However, the abundance of online programs doesn’t mean that all of them are suitable to guide a guitar novice through the journey. For that reason, I created the “Beginners Guitar Course”. It’s completely free of charge, no sign-up or membership required.
How much guitar practice is enough for you ultimately depends on your commitment and discipline. And, of course, what you want for yourself in becoming a guitar player. Some are satisfied with knowing to play a few basic chords, others have more ambitious goals. But no matter, in the beginning, if you stick to the 20 minutes a day, 5-6 days a week rule, you will see results.