Finding the time to practice the guitar during Christmas break may be very difficult. The holiday season can be a real killer to our musical progress, due to an endless number of end-of-year parties and never-ending celebrations, which don’t help with our guitar goals.
Let me give you some tips on how to practice the guitar during Christmas time so that you don’t backtrack all that you have achieved up until now.
LESS IS MORE - SHORTEN YOUR PRACTICE SESSIONS
It is a funny saying, but in this case, it may work for you. Shorter but more frequent practice sessions will help you stay on track. If you usually practise for 1 hour, try to do 10 -15 minutes of practising. Your progress will be a little bit slower, but … you will still have some results.
As a bonus, once the festive season is over, you will have some satisfaction that you didn’t abandon your instrument 🙂
HAVE FUN - ONLY PLAY SONGS
Instead of practising scales, strumming, arpeggios and having detailed sessions, just try to play songs. Basically, pick up the guitar and literally enjoy each session by playing all of your favourite tunes.
Don’t worry about mistakes, or how good or bad it sounds, just enjoy the moment with the guitar. It is a great “cheat” alternative guitar practice session.
MAKE YOUR INSTRUMENT PART OF YOUR DECOR - KEEP YOUR GUITAR OUT OF THE CASE IN A VISIBLE PLACE
This point applies all year round. Having the guitar in a visible place will make it easier to pick it up and just play it. You will also be more motivated, and it is a great time saver, as the guitar will be there waiting for you ready to be played at any time.
Avoid the situation where you have to get your guitar out of the gig bag, tune it up and then start. Just thinking about doing all those things may be enough to stop you practising at all!
BE PROUD OF WHAT YOU HAVE ACHIEVED - PLAY FOR YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY
I know that a lot of you treat guitar playing very personally. A lot of my students say something like this: “I play only for myself”, but how about you try to force yourself and share your skills with your family and friends? You don’t have to play anything complicated, even the simplest chords and strumming will do the job.
I hope these tips will help you stay on track and will motivate you to pick up the guitar during Christmas. Don’t forget that music needs to be shared, so do it. Don’t worry about how it sounds, everybody will love it. You will have a great time, and it will still count as a practice session 🙂
What about you? Do you have any tips on how to keep your skills sharp over the Christmas break?
Darius | Guitar Couch Lessons