5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Practice WiredGuitarist December 14, 2016 Articles, Tutorials, Uncategorized When I first picked up the guitar, I was practicing maybe 3 hours a day and even more on the weekends (I had no life). I’ve been playing for almost 11 years now, and boy does it become difficult to motivate myself to practice these days. Anytime I pick up the guitar, I just want to write music or work on new guitar tones. It’s easy to forget how important routine practicing can be. Well, just like anything else, you have to be motivated if you want to succeed, and it’s far too easy to fall into a rut of never wanting to practice. So today, I’ll share with you 5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Practice: 1. NGD!!! (New Guitar Day) Every time I buy a new piece of gear (especially a guitar), it feels like Christmas. I open it up anxiously, yet carefully and take it right out of the box to play with it. There is nothing that makes me want to play more than a shiny new guitar. Obviously, you can’t do this every time you want to practice. That could get expensive, but, if you feel like you haven’t been motivated to pick up your old guitars, maybe it’s time to get a new one to bring some of that spark back! If you like this idea, but aren’t sure what to buy, be sure to check out our Guitar Reviews for some help in deciding what guitar is right for you! 2. Reward Yourself This one can be quite the opposite as the first tip! If there is a fancy new piece of gear you want, use it as a reward for practicing! It doesn’t have to be music related, it could be anything: a new video game, a new pair of shoes, a new guitar, or maybe even with a subscription to StringDrop! Set goals for yourself, and reward yourself when you accomplish them. 3. Out of Sight, Out of Mind I love storing my guitars in hard cases. I’m not really sure why, it’s not even just a protection thing. There is just something really nice about the velvetty interior of a hard case. Every guitar in my collection has to have one! With that being said, one of my guitars used to not have a hard case for quite a long time, and it lived most of it’s life on a guitar stand in my bedroom. Once I got the case for it, it went in a different room, where all of my guitar cases are at. I found myself playing guitar a lot less. One day I was sitting in my room and wanted to play for like 15 minutes before work and turned to grab it and forgot it was in it’s case. I kid you not, I put the guitar back on the stand and found myself practicing a lot more. The moral of the story is that if you aren’t tempted to pick up the guitar, then there’s probably a smaller chance that you will. Especially when you don’t have a lot of time. I always have a guitar being displayed in my room for those short burst practice sessions, which brings us to tip number four! 4. Time Management Sometimes, one of the hardest parts about motivating yourself to practice is simply finding the time to practice. An easy solution for this is set aside a minimum of 10-15 minutes per day to practice. I find that practicing 10-15 minutes a day is far more valuable to me than practicing twice a week for an hour. 5. Change it Up Sometimes playing the same thing over and over can become monotonous and boring, even if it’s something you’ve yet to master. Changing your practice routine up can not only help you want to practice more, it is also very beneficial for your skills to expand your practicing repertoire. Sure, playing the same scale over and over for weeks will probably make it easier to play it super fast, but is it really broadening your abilities? If you need help coming up with new practicing exercises, I’d urge you to check out our Shred Lessons videos. Cannon is an extremely talented guitarist who I’ve learned a lot from by watching these videos. Once you’ve found your motivation to practice, then comes the tricky part: Actually Being Creative. Be sure to check out our 6 Ways to Stay Creative on Guitar as well! Well there you have it, I sincerely hope these tips help you overcome your lack of motivation. They have surely helped me in the past. If you enjoyed this be sure to check out our other articles! We post many lessons, guides, and reviews daily! This article was written by Zac Buras, our editor in Louisiana. Photo credit to Miguel Almeida.