How to create a weekly guitar workout is essential to any guitar players development. Not knowing how to do this is what keeps beginners from progressing forward in a timely manner. They don’t have a daily or weekly guitar workout. With the proper workout, you can progress faster, easier & get to your destination much quicker.
But where do we start? How do we get it all figured out? Is it really necessary??
Yes it is!! It can really make a world of difference. Think about someone who’s trying to get in shape. They have certain workout they do to get there. As apposed to just exercising once in awhile.
Same goes with you and your learning. You want to get on track, stay on track & keep going until you reach the finish line. Which is your goal you set for yourself in the very beginning of your journey.
Now if by chance you haven’t done that, or need to review it (which is more than ok) you can grab my free action-plan on Goal Setting for your guitar playing.
Now, how do we create our workout? Well we need to decide a couple things.
1.) What’s going to be addressed in the workout?
2.) How long is it going to be
Well when it comes to guitar, their are quite a lot of things you can learn but you want to start with the fundamentals. I know they are not always the most exciting (and can be boring sometimes) but they are essential to your learning & I recommend you DO NOT OVERLOOK THEM!!!
So lets say we start on 7 things to cover during the week.
Day 1.) Getting in tune & finger exercises.
Knowing how to get your guitar in tune & knowing how to keep it that way is vitally important to your success as a guitarist. Finger exercises & hand warm ups are vitally important as well. So be sure to take some time to focus on these.
Day 2.) Forming & moving chords,
Knowing how to form & move chords is vitally important also. Be sure to take some time to learn your different forms & shapes. Majors, minors, etc. This is the foundation of playing rhythm.
Day 3.) Picking & strumming
After learning how to form chords, you want to work on developing your picking hand. This will make a world of difference in your rhythm playing. So be sure to take time to practice this. As it will pay huge dividends in the end.
Day 4.) Scales & soloing
If you like the lead guitar stuff. This is what you want to study. Scales, guitar licks & improvising. This is a bit more advanced & requires much discipline. You can do it. You just have to get focused & dedicated.
Day 5.) Reading music
Being able to read sheet music for guitar can really be a huge asset to you as a guitar player. You can just watch youtube videos which is ok, but if you learn to read the written word (at least the basics) you’ll discover things that you won’t find watching videos. So be sure to spend some time on this one.
Day 6.) Learning Songs
To me this is where the fun comes in. After you’ve done all your finger exercises, formed & moved chords etc, etc, etc, you can now start learning your favorite songs by your favorite artists( like say Metallica) that inspired you to play in the first place.
Day 7.) Creating your own sound
This is what it’s all about in the long run. To be able to create your own sound, possibly music & just bring you & your personalty out through the instrument. That’s what all the greats have done. You will want to eventually do this too. So study this as well.
Now that we know what to work on, how long is our workout going to be each day? Well let’s say we work on each thing for just 20 minutes a day. That would come out to 140 minutes. Which is roughly about a two hour workout. If breaks are taken, maybe a bit longer.
Now that’s a long workout session for just starting out. I’d wait till your fingers get conditioned (finger exercises) to try that long of a session.
But if you broke it down into a weekly schedule. Then you could practice for 20 minutes a day & cover one topic each day. That way all topics are covered & not too much practice is required. What is required will be FOCUS!!
The more focused you are on what your trying to accomplish & where your trying to get too is what’s going to get you through the learning curve (everything you learn, no matter what it is, has a learning curve) when things get tough & hurdles need a bit more work to get over.
Now we know how to create a weekly workout that’s not going to leave us exhausted practicing 10 hours a day. If you want to, that’s fine. But if your just starting out, you want to take it easy. Don’t rush your hand & fingers development. It will only disable you in the long run.
Do all this stated above & I guarantee you will see some leaps & bounds in your improvement. But you must get focused, set your goals & keep at it until they are reached. You can do it, you just have to believe in yourself.
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