We all get stuck on a plateau even as we realize the source of the problem: playing the same songs, scales, and exercises. In this article I’m going to offer 12 tips for getting past the plateau. Obviously, keep doing the same thing and progress will grind to a halt. Worse than that, you’re going to become bored and unmotivated. The joy and enthusiasm that you have experienced in the past are gone.
Neoclassical shred guitarist Dan Mumm explains his guitar practice secrets. These tips show that guitar mastery depends on a great practice routine. This in-depth article explains how proper practice technique has contributed to Dan's success.
The following is a guitar practice checklist to help you optimize practice time. If you follow these strategies to the letter, you will see tremendous growth in your playing abilities in an amazingly short period of time. It just works.
I remember many times doing mixes of my music that sounded killer (in my mind any-way) when listening back in my studio monitors. It was in-your-face and everything seemed clear and separated. But then I’d give it mix the ol’ car test. Blah! It was a mess! And where did my loud thumping kick drum disappear to?
Much of what we’re able to accomplish on guitar happens without an instrument in our hands. As we’re learning parts, we continue to visualize the action and sounds as we live our lives away from our practice routine. That’s one reason why I ask students to play parts that they’re learning before going to bed. Not only will your subconscious continue to work on the part through the night but you’ll also wake up during the night and consciously think about the process.
It's important to pay attention to your practice methods and determine what is working and what is not. If you've been practicing the same way for years and you haven't seen serious progress, it's clear that you haven't approached practicing correctly. Thankfully, it's never too late to remedy.