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Engaging Your Mind in Guitar Practice

I have had some real difficulty lately motivating myself to learn new material on guitar. I’ve also had a hard time figuring out how to go about making progress with what I’ve already learned. As a practicing guitar player, it’s important to have a sense that you are progressing–but I’m not feeling that lately! It seems like whenever I sit down and practice I’m playing the same old licks, chord progressions, or scales. Maybe you can relate? What’s one to do?

Fortunately, I’ve been able to put into practice something that’s really helped me to have a sense of progress. I’ve talked before about how to practice guitar and get the most out of it, and those are all very good tips, but something I failed to mention was the importance of engaging your mind in your practice times.

What do I mean by this?

Just recently, I was practicing some scales and triads up and down the fretboard. I found it to be really easy to play a scale pattern or a triad pattern without much thought. And this is good in a certain regard because you are committing these scales and triads to muscle memory, but what I’ve been wary of is […]

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