Can you make progress with 10 minutes of practice?
The short answer is yes, but let me explain why.
What does it take to learn guitar?
The guitar playing skills you want and deserve happens through a “tried and true” process. This process involves repeating many correct movements over and over until they become automatic.
Completing the number of reps needed is a huge task if you think of it as one big chunk. But it's easy, and even fun, if you develop an automatic practice routine. You'll perform the reps little by little each day. Each session builds on the ones before it.
The key then becomes to develop your “guitar practice routine”. The main ingredient in developing this routine is consistency.
Humans are creatures of habit
It’s a way for us to conserve energy. If you had to consciously think about everything you do it would take up a tremendous amount of mental energy.
Think about brushing your teeth in the morning. It doesn’t take much mental energy or willpower. It’s something you’ve done every morning for quite a while. It’s a habit.
When you first try to practice regularly it takes willpower and mental energy. Once it becomes a habit it goes on automatic.
“Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is where the 10 minutes comes in. It’s not that the 10 minutes is your ultimate goal for practice time. It’s a minimum commitment that will make it easier for you to develop the routine.
It’s often difficult to find large blocks of time to practice on a typical day. Sometimes students tell me they will practice for an hour a day. Unfortunately, when life gets in the way they get discouraged. An hour turns into none.
By setting a minimum amount of time that’s easy to do you’ll be setting yourself up for success. You’ll be more encouraged to keep coming back at it. This will lead to feeling good about your guitar progress and to make more time to practice.
Start small and build consistency
This is critical. Once you have a consistent routine you can begin to expand on it.
I suggest 10 minutes to start because everyone can find 10 minutes in a day if they want to. Make these 10 minutes of focused practice a sacred space for your own personal development. If you do it will get easier and easier...
And you’ll reap the rewards.
Do you struggle with making time to practice?
How do you deal with it? I would love to hear from you in the comment section below...
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