Minimal Practice

“What shall I practice?“ is one of the reocurring questions many musicians ask themselves. There is so much information available on Youtube. Countless websites, podcasts, or blogs offer exercises, tips and tricks on how to play the guitar. There is so much information available at our fingertips. The thought alone about „googling“ educational videos and tutorials makes us feel tired and overwhelmed. As a result we often don’t even get started. How could we possibly sort our way through so many materials? Therefore, I have the suspicion the question should rather be „Why don´t I practice?“ instead of „What shall I practice?“.

You can start a minimalistic practice routine to overcome the feeling of being overwhelmed. Start with 10 minutes a day, just to get yourself going. It´s not a lot but definitely better than not practicing at all. You can always practice more (but not less).I started my minimalistic practice routine at the beginning of this year. I bought a little calendar and wrote down the minutes I´ve been practicing each day to keep me motivated.

In my 10 minutes practice I like to work on repetitive exercises, for example, playing the intro of „Bandits“ from Nir Felder, or picking one bar from the Joe Pass Etude.It has to be a short exercise that allows me to focus on details. How does it sound? Can I play it with the metronom? Can I play it soft and hard? Can I start with an upstroke?

Choose one exercise and stick to it. In the end, is doesn´t matter which one you pick as long as you get started. Also, give yourself the time to really digest what you are working on. Don´t move on too quickly. Focus on the details of your playing. Think about it as a kind of meditation. Practicing with heightened awareness will help you in all areas of your playing. I promise!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If there is one reoccuring question that is being asked a lot it will be:“What shall I practice?“There so much information available. On Youtube. Countless websites, podcasts or blogs offer exercises, tips and tricks on how to play the guitar. There is just too much information on our hands. When we only think about googeling educational videos we get so tired that we don´t even want to get started.The feeling of being overwhelmed is just to big. Who knows if there isn´t just the perfect exercise one click away. How could we possibly sort our way through so much material?

So I´m haunted be the feeling the question should rather be „Why don´t I practice?“ instead of „What shall I practice?“.

 

To overcome that feeling of being overwhelmed you can start minimalistic practice routine. Start with 10 minutes a day.Just to get yourself going.I know it´s not a lot but it´s for sure better than not practicing.And you can always practice more. But not less.

I started my minimalistic practice routine at the beginning of the year. I bought a little calendar and write down the minutes I´ve been practicing each day.Same place.Same time. That keeps me motivated.

 

In the 10 minutes that I practice I like to practice repetitive exercises. For example I´m playing the intro of „Bandits“ from Nir Felder. Or I pick one bar from the Joe Pass Etude.

It has to be a short exercise that allows me to zoom in on the details. How does it sound? Can i play with the metronom? Can i play it soft and hard? Can i play starting with an upstroke?

 

Choose one exercise.Stick to it.In the end is doesn´t matter which.Just get started. And give yourself the time to really digest it.Don´t move on to quickly. Focus on the details of your playing.Think about it as a kind of mediation.Practicing with heightened awareness will help you in all areas of your playing. I promise.