5 Tips to Make It More Likely That You Will Practice

Guitarist at a gig

By Chris Glyde

Here are five ways to motivate yourself to practice, even when you don’t feel like it. If you can get through these slumps, you will come out the other side on fire to play your guitar everyday.

Set Up A Practice Space

Setting up a practice space can be beneficial when you’re looking for extrinsic motivations to practice. Setting up a practice space will help in the following ways:

  1. You won’t need to set up, because you can just turn the guitar on or pick it up and go. This will fight the irritation of having to move things around and get set up.
  2. If you have only 5 to 10 minutes, you’ll just walk over to your practice area and start playing straight away.
  3. You’ll constantly see the practice space, so you will have a constant reminder to practice.

Envision Yourself Becoming The Player You Want To Become

Don’t let “I don’t feel like it” control your life. The best way to do this is to work on empowering yourself. When you don’t feel like practicing, you’ve lost focus on the real goal.

So, spend some time imagining yourself playing at the level you want, and if done properly, this should excite and motivate you! If this doesn’t work, revisit why it is that you want to achieve this level of playing.

A Les Paul type guitar

Pick Little Milestones

Establish small milestones.

If you’re working toward a longer goal, such as being able to play all bends perfectly in tune, then my suggestion would be to break down the practice session, and when you get started, say: “Today I’m going to be master a bend from the 12th to 14th fret on the 2nd string”.


Pick up the guitar for 5 minutes at a time.

Oftentimes it’s the thought of having to practice for an hour that makes a guitar player tired of picking up the instrument, or resistant towards practicing. If this is you, then you have to make a deal with your brain. Play for five minutes, if you don’t feel like continuing then you’ll just simply stop, but if you do feel like continuing, you’ll keep going. Nine out of ten times, you’ll want to keep going!


Create variations in your practicing routine.

If you’re going to practice, make your practice more interesting by practicing more than one subject in a single sitting. If you have an hour, you could spend four different 15-minute periods working on different skills, such as 15 minutes on chords, 15 minutes on rhythm, 15 minutes on lead technique, and 15 minutes on improvising. This will help time go by faster, you will get better faster, you’ll have more fun, and you’ll be more motivated to practice.


About The Author:

Chris Glyde is an inspired guitar teacher always looking for a simple, easy solution to help students achieve their goals. If you’re looking for more simple and easy solutions to the challenges of playing guitar, check out Guitar Lessons In Rochester.