April 16, 2022 by Klaus Crow
We all lead different lives and are at different stages of our lives. This means some have more time to play and practice guitar than others. Today we’re going to set out a 1 hour practice workout for those who have time to practice one 1 hour a day or every other day.
If you have only one hour to play over the entire week, it is better to practice every day for 5 to 10 minutes than get it all done in one hour on a Saturday morning.
This workout combines the most important elements of practice, but you are free to alter it to suit your specific needs, change the duration of each section or add some additional elements to different days of the week to make the workout more fun and playful.
The 1 hour workout is a guideline to keep you focused on a good practice routine that moves your playing forward without getting distracted.
Grab your phone and set a timer for each section to keep your eyes on the ball every step of the way. Attention, Concentration and Action is the key to steady progress.
Make sure you got your guitar and gear (amp, cables, picks, capos, music sheets, music stand, laptop, cappuccino or tea) all set up before you start practicing.
Let’s check out the essentials for a one hour workout:
10 min Scales Practice
By starting your workout with practicing scales you’re opening two locks with one key. You’re working on the memorisation and dexterity of your scales and warming up at the same time. An effective time saver.
If you’re new to scales start out with practicing the pentatonic / blues scale and the major scale. If you’re an intermediate player learn all the pentatonic / blues scale shapes and how to use them to solo and improvise over the entire neck.
Learn the scales, and then learn to create melody with those scales.
30 min Project Practice
Now your fingers are warmed up and loose, pick out one song, solo or arrangement to work on. You might even want to write your own song. Whatever it is, this going to be your main project. Something to enjoy and make yourself proud.
Find the tablature to the song or get your tools ready to figure out the necessary guitar parts.
5 min Chord Practice
Learn one or two new chords everyday to boost your creative imagination, add more colour to your songs and expand your visualisation and flexibility across the fretboard. The best way to memorise new chords is to apply them directly to songs and keep playing and using them in different songs. If you’re a beginner start with the The 8 most important guitar chords for beginners.
5 min Music Theory Practice
Study some guitar music theory every workout and use it in your practice. Read on chord structure, scale formulas, The circle of fifths and fourths, finding octaves, the caged system, building chords and progressions and more.
When you understand music theory the fretboard and what you are playing will start to make much more sense. It puts together the pieces of the puzzle. Everything will fall into place and it makes guitar playing easier and more fun. You will memorise faster, play more creatively, and will become a better overall guitar player.
10 min Ear Training Practice
Training and developing your aural skills is the crown jewel of serious guitar practice. It will benefit your guitar playing in all areas. Being able to identify chords, progressions, notes, intervals and transcribe melodies by ear is the greatest skill a guitar player can develop. Learn to listen, analyse, listen again and put it into practice.
After Workout Practice
Get a ruled notebook and keep a journal on your practice. What gets measured gets managed. What song, scales, chords did you work on today? What did you notice about your playing? What new things did you learn? (music theory and ear training). What do you need to improve on? (be specific).
What skills are you lacking? How can you change that? What are you going to practice tomorrow? (write it down for each section). At what time are you going to practice tomorrow? 5 a.m., 10 a.m. or 8 p.m.? Perfect! ✓
Start your workout today and skyrocket your progress!
The greater part of the techniques and steps that you have shared are quite recently marvelous in a word. Be that as it may, I value the 10 minutes EAR Training. Do you know the reason? Since on the off chance that you are visually impaired additionally, then it could be conceivable. You should hear the music over and over. There is such a large number of things that you can dissect if you heard the over and over. You will ready to make the new musings of music if you need. You should focus on the waving of music. You should catch the majority of the tones and note that is are playing.
Klaus Crow says
I absolutely agree. Training your aural skills is invaluable and will make you an overal better musician. It should definitely be a part of your daily workout.
Thanks for sharing your opinion.
John Duprez says
say I wanted to throw in a dexterity exercise somewhere, where would that fit best? Or would learning scales be valuable enough in improving dexterity across the fretboard?
Lewis Darby says
I started using this workout about 3 years ago and it drastically improved my ability and also a big thing I noticed was how much quicker I was able to learn. Really appreciate this post
Klaus Crow says
That’s really great to hear that this post helped you advance your guitar playing in a big way.
All the different components of learning guitar add up and support each other which makes the progress go faster.
Thanks for your feedback!
Stephen Eisenberg says
Wow! Amazing helpful info! Now I can be motivated in my practice again! Thanks!