May 15, 2019 by Klaus Crow
Photo by Akram
There are days when I can’t get myself fired up to start practicing.
Sometimes it’s because I think I’m entitled to a break for whatever ridiculous reason or because I’m feeling kind of tired and I’m also burdened with the thought that there is so much else to be done.
They’re all pathetic excuses so I don’t have to get off my lazy ass.
But I found a really easy way to take care of those excuses and to be honest with you it works brilliantly.
I call it “The 5 minute guitar workout”
Let’s take a closer look:
When you’re sitting in that comfy chair of yours or you’re looking at your busy schedule your mind is already going into defense mode and you’re like… “No no I have no energy left or time to play guitar for 20 or 30 minutes, let alone more than that.”
The thought of such a long guitar workout can sometimes be too much of a stumbling block.
Now replace that inner dialog and tell yourself you’re only going to practice for 5 minutes. No more. Just 5 minutes. That sounds easy doesn’t it.
That sounds even quite reasonable.
And you know what… It’s just that little push you need to get started. It’s the number one most important aspect of practicing: “Getting started.”
Once you’ve started the rest takes care of itself. And it’s okay to practice for only 5 minutes but you’ll probably end up playing longer than that, because once you’re playing you’ll get in a flow, a meditative state and you’ll be enjoying the ride.
I found that it works every time, because it’s only 5 minutes whatever the real outcome may be.
It’s so effective that I made 5 minute workouts for everything and I spread those workouts randomly throughout the day and week.
I’ve become in love with my 5 minute workouts.
Here’s my list:
– 5 minute scales workout
– 5 minute speed picking workout (working with a metronome)
– 5 minute soloing improvisation workout
– 5 minute playing, memorizing and enjoying songs workout
– 5 minute music theory workout
– 5 minute transcribing songs for my students workout
I also have other 5 minute workouts that have nothing to do with guitar playing whatsoever, but anyway here you are:
– 5 minute meditation workout
– 5 minute running workout
– 5 minute reading workout
Thanks for your 5 minutes. I appreciate it.
Amzing as usual, thank you so much Klaus!
Klaus Crow says
Thanks, I hope you’ll get some nice 5 minute workouts throughout your day.
Thanks dude, I especially appreciate the different workout categories. I will start putting this to use tonight after work :)
Klaus Crow says
Hi Fred, good for you!
If you come up with some new categories let me know.
Yup, this trick works every time. It’s important to make -daily- progress with your most important music goals, and the 5 minute incentive is a great way to ease into the work flow.
Klaus Crow says
Right, just small tiny changes of progress every day can lead to really good results, rather trying to hard to make big changes too fast that probably won’t last.
5 minutes work.
you are my man Klaus
u dont have any idea how thats gonna help me .
thnx alot ^^
I agree! Getting started is always the hardest part. Once I do, I usually end up having fun and going way longer than the original plan of 5-minutes or whatever.
Klaus - Guitarhabits says
Hi Bader and Dave,
Each time you pull it off and you start practicing the progress will motivate you even more, but keep “the 5 minutes trigger” in the back of your mind. Your motivation won’t last forever so whenever you’re in a slump your always have your “5 minute workout” in your back pocket.
Thanks for your comments guys!
It really is hard to find motivation or even time to practice this stuff. I’d bet 5 minutes of this a day would go a long way. Especially for the experienced player.
Paul Lenaghan says
Hey Klaus! I’m almost 50 and I just started to pick up and learn guitar. I’ve had it for 14 years. And I engine searched for open chord hints for the key of E and came upon your site. I wish I could say that I comprhend your info, I wrote to you because you reply to a lot of your posts and that made me see that your as interested in people as much if not more than your beautiful website or Guitar Theory. Praise to you Klaus. I’m gonna try to grab as much from your site. Any hints on progression? All the best Klaus. Yours Paul.
Kyle Alm says
Do you have those 5 minute exercises up on your blog already? Links would be great, I’ve checked out some of your other lessons already.
So right….thanks for the tip.
Thanks. It took some of the sense of futility away. I can manage 5 minutes without feeling like a failure. So maybe I’ll try another 5 minutes… maybe I’ll just keep doing 5 minutes until the light bulb goes on. Thanks, it’s a great help.
HOLY TSHINGE MADUHA NCUBE says
hey Klaus. Thank so much for your humility and your groundedness. and the peace and joy you project… Dont know how else to describe you. ..I also am in interested in Bass guitar and I cant find lessons on Bass here .. Do you have them ???
I love this idea. I am going to use this for me and recommend it to my students. I’ve used the “5 minute” idea, but breaking it down into different categories for each day is brilliant.
Just getting started is sometimes all it takes.
I followed you on U tube and when you taught me how to do RJ turnarounds, I felt pure joy and was brimming with confidence, so happy. Blessed to find you! Michael from Carolina USA
Thanks so much for all you have given me in just a couple of days.
I bought electric acoustic guitar last week, I am 67 and never played guitar before but thought it would give me a challenge.
Your lesson plans are truly inspirational.
Thank you Mike.