Advice for Guitar Practice
The perfect practice space
Why is it important to create a guitar practice space? Having your own practice space can make it easier for you to accomplish your practice goals. Habits are easier to form when the environment used to create them is consistent and goal-supportive. It’s easier to practice consistently when you’ve created a small space for yourself to practice in. Your environment supports the desired outcome.
The ideal practice space is different for every guitar player. On one hand, some players practice while sitting on the edge of their bed. Some insist on practicing in a dedicated soundproofed guitar shrine. The particulars of your practice space will depend on your own requirements. At the very least, you’ll want a place that is free of distractions, that supports good posture and ergonomics, and that has all the tools and materials you need.
Choosing a place
When choosing a place to practice, consider the following:
- Soundproof – protection from distracting sounds, as well as irate neighbors and/or housemates
- Convenience – in a location that is accessible
- Comfort – an environment that supports good posture and ergonomics
- Distraction-free – an environment that supports concentration during practice
If you live in a small space, your choices might be limited. But it is still a good idea to carve out a corner for yourself to practice in. This can help enforce the standards you have set for your daily amount of practice time. It can also help you stay focused on practice if you are not in an area that has other uses. In this case, it is important to consider how the time of day might affect your practice. If you have neighbors who might complain about the noise, see if you can arrange your practice time with them. Perhaps you can practice after they have left for work, or before they come back.
If you have access to more space, or live in a house, you might be lucky enough to be able to create a dedicated area, or an entire room. Walk-in closets can make wonderful practice caves.
If there is no place for you to practice at home, you still have options. You can use a silent guitar and sit in any chair, so long as your practice sessions aren’t long. You might also be able to practice somewhere in your place of employment, or your school. Get creative.
Tools and materials for your practice space
At minimum, your practice space should have:
- A metronome
- A guitar stand
- A music stand
- Any learning materials you are working with
- A pencil and some tab paper
- If sitting, a chair such as a simple folding chair
- If standing, a guitar strap
Set up your guitar practice area and start reaping the rewards. Your practice space will help you to get in the habit of practicing regularly, practicing seriously, and practicing effectively. Make sure to discuss practice methods with your guitar teacher as well. He or she can give you great tips on how to make your practice more effective.