Your Guitar Progress Contunues
How to keep your guitar progress going over the Holidays
The holidays are a chance for you to relax and enjoy some much-needed time off. It’s also a chance for you to forget some things you’ve learned and undo some the good work you’ve done throughout the year. How can your guitar progress possibly survive the inactivity? Check out these ways to help maintain your guitar progress over the holidays.
Continue with your lessons
There is no reason why you can’t continue with lessons over the holidays. Most guitar schools remain open and active so there is no excuse.
Stick to your usual practice schedule
There really is no opportune time to stop practicing. There should be no excuses at all, not even during the holidays. Going away to visit family? The guitar is portable, take it with you! Maintaining your practice schedule is imperative to your learning progress, so stick with it.
Hang out with musical friends
Chances are that people you know plan an instrument too. Now that you have some free time, organize to hang out and play some songs. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just play some chords together and have some fun. The holidays are also an excellent opportunity to go and see some live music, with more festive events being held.
Listen to music
It sounds obvious, doesn’t it? Who doesn’t listen to music? Just make sure that some of your daily music interaction is active listening. Active listening means that the music is your primary focus while you’re listening to it, instead of having music as background noise while you do other things. You may be surprised how much of your music you’ve been missing out on.
Don’t dwell on taking a day off
The worst thing you can do is turn your guitar playing into a chore. If you miss some days over the holiday season, that’s okay. A little bit of practice during your holiday time will be enough to keep you improving. It is better than no practice at all. If you beat yourself up over every day that you don’t practice, all you will do is make yourself miserable and, eventually resentful of the instrument.
Everyone celebrates the holidays and the end of the year in their own way. Some take lots of time off work, some work all the way through. There are lots of ways that you can maintain guitar progress over the holidays. Ultimately, the most effective step you can take to preserve your progress during the holiday season is simply to continue to stay engaged with your guitar as much as of the holiday period as possible, and to make music a part of your life for all the space in between.