How long will it take me to play the guitar?
Thursday, June 7, 2018 by Nanda Nayar | Learning
This is a question that I am frequently asked by new and prospective students and my stock reply is "I don't know"
Why? Because, I don't know your speed of learning, your musical abilities, your dedication to practicing, and your exposure to music in itself.
When I am pressed further, I tell them that it is because each student's ability to progress is different, I do private lessons. Please remember that learning music is a lifelong endeavor and there is no human being who can claim he/she knows everything there is to know about music.
So, introspect a bit into all this, and ask yourself this question instead. What do I have to do to be able to play the guitar to my satisfaction?
Importance of practice
Monday, January 15, 2018 by Nanda Nayar | Uncategorized
Right now, I want to give you tactic #1 out of 3. These tactics designed with the tools I gave you yesterday will help you finally start making progress with your guitar playing. So let's jump right into it!
Tactic #1: CREATE A PRACTICE SCHEDULE
If you say that you'll practice when you have time, it'll never happen. Especially when your fingers are hurting and your frustrated. Setting a practice schedule for yourself is crucial to your success. I recommend to my students to practice 15 minutes a day (Monday through Friday) or 30 minutes every other day. You can do more if you're feeling up to it, but I wouldn't recommend cramming in 2 hours of practice once a week. Your fingers need consistency to build callouses and for your muscles to memorize the chord positions.
So here's your action plan. Do it today!
- Take 5 minutes and set up your own practice schedule. Maybe get up 15 minutes earlier, or go to bed 15 minutes later. You don't need much, but you do need to commit to practice regularly to make progress. Write your 1 month plan down on a sheet of paper.
- Record yourself playing today. Don't worry, no one has to see it but you. The reason for this step is so that you can track your progress in 1 month. Many people who workout do the same thing, because progress is slow and it's hard to see it unless you have a way to look back. So I challenge you not to worry about how much progress you make until after 1 month of regular practice. Then, record yourself again, and compare your before and after. I guarantee there will be a difference if you stick to your practice schedule!