Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all of my students and people that follow this blog. I say this every year, but this really is a great time of year to review your playing and set some aims for the year. 

I think I spread my focus too widely in 2015, so am planning to work on smaller goals this year. Some of my students what sort of goals they could set. Here are some examples:

– taking a grade exam
– joining a band or playing with others
– learning a new technique
-learning  particular song/solo
-developing a specific area of your playing e.g. rhythm guitar, improvising or bending…
-starting a new style
– regular practice
– spend less time focussing on gear and more time playing!

It will be different for everyone depending on their ability and long term aims. One thing we all share, we should probably practice more! I’ve definitely been guilty of quantity over quality in the past. Nowadays I opt for practising in 20 min chunks. I remember more this way and am more focussed. Sitting down to practice with clear goals is much more rewarding, but forces you to reflect upon what you really want from your guitar playing.