Finding the time to practice the guitar during Christmas 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.
- Less is more.
It is a funny saying, but in this case, it may work. Shorter but more frequent practice sessions will help you stay on track. If you normally practice for 1hour, try to do 10 -15 minutes. Your progress will be slower but … you will still have some results. It is much better than not practicing at all. It will also keep you on track with your goals.
- Only play songs.
Instead of practicing scales, strumming, arpeggios and having detailed sessions, just try to play songs. Basically, pick up the guitar and literally enjoy it 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.
- Keep your guitar out of the case in a visible place.
This point actually applies all year round. Having the guitar in a visible place will make it easier to pick it up and just play. You will also be more motivated and it is a great time saver. 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 practicing at all!
- 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. Most people will never get to the level where you are right now, so don’t be afraid to play the guitar during Christmas for others. It is fun and motivating.
I hope this short article 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.