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Developing And Maintaining A Rockstar Practice Schedule

Jon Kim

Questions I get asked ALL THE TIME are:

"How much should I practice every day?"
"When will I be able to play a few songs?"
"What kind of practice schedule/routine do you recommend?"
"How do I get my kid to practice more?"
"I just wanna get good already! What do I need to do??"

The key I've found to developing and really maximizing your learning process is to set aside and dedicate a certain amount of time each day to PRACTICING and then to keep at it on a daily basis.

It's not rocket science.. If you want to get "good" at something, you gotta put in the work, right?

I know.. I wish just as much as you that I could take some kind of "magic potion" that would save me years of hard work in just about anything. But reality is, success comes with hard work and focus. Plus think about how much you would appreciate something if you didn't have to put in any work? It's all about the journey man.

Ok, so how do you develop and maintain a Rockstar practice schedule?

STEP 1: COMMIT TO PRACTICING FOR A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME EACH DAY

For example, 10 mins, 30 mins, 45 mins, 1 hour, etc..

After YEARS of teaching, I've found the following practice times to be effective and a good starting point for students starting out:

Ages 5-10: 10-20 min a day

Ages 10 & Up: 30-60 min a day

Now these are generally good "starting points" and doesn't mean you have to practice for this exact amount of time when you first start learning. It also does not mean that you have to practice everyday. A good starting point would be practicing 3-5 days a week.

As students progress, I've seen them up their practice time to 2 or even 3 hours a day depending on how serious they are.

STEP 2: GET MOTIVATED AND INSPIRED

If you don't have either, it's going to be really tough and you're probably going to treat learning an instrument like it's some kind of chore. Yes, I know learning a rock instrument is one of the coolest things in the world.. but you get lazy when you don't feel inspired to get better.

So how do you get motivated and inspired? Simple, listen to music you like and watch Youtube videos of your favorite guitarists, bands, singers, etc...

This is SO KEY. Man, I remember everyday before I practiced, I would watch videos on my favorite bands and guitar players on Youtube. Not only did this get me excited to practice but it made my life so much more exciting because I had something to aim for. I wanted to be like these Rockstars when I grew up.

Maybe you don't want to be a professional Rockstar but would rather learn guitar to play for your friends at a campfire or church. Or maybe you want to learn just so you can score a date with that special someone at your school? Haha whatever your reason is, hold onto that and use it!

STEP 3: HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE

This is where having the right Instructor plays a big part. Your Instructor should gauge your progress every week and inspire and motivate you to reach your full potential as a musician.

Having a live Instructor is crucial because if you're having trouble with anything or have a particular question about something you're learning, you can ask your Instructor right then and there rather than having to search for the correct answer!

You'll also notice that by having the right Instructor, you'll not only learn faster, but lessons will be more interactive and holding yourself accountable to becoming a better musician will be a WHOLE LOT easier.

Here at RockHome Lessons, we have 5 main goals when it comes to teaching our students:

1. Get you playing what YOU want in the FASTEST TIME POSSIBLE
2. Keep lessons super FUN and EXCITING
3. Be a positive role model/friend
4. Motivate/inspire and hold you accountable to reaching your Rockstar goals
5. Develop confidence and bring out your inner Rockstar!

To schedule a FREE 30 minute intro lesson, call us at 888-321-8762 or fill out our ENROLLMENT FORM and we will get back to you within 1 business day.

Rock N' Roll-

- JK (CEO/Founder)