Guitar Practice Schedules

30 minute Sample Guitar Practice Schedules

If you only have 30 minutes a day to practice guitar I would suggest focusing on just one to two things per day. Otherwise the quality of your practice or guitar lesson is minimal. Here are some examples based on my goals. Remember yours can differ.

Time Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
5 min warm up warm up warm up warm up warm up warm up
20 min elements intervals / ear training rt hand technique scale studies arpeggio / composition review / journal
5 min cool down cool down cool down cool down cool down cool down
Time Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
5 min warm up warm up warm up warm up warm up warm up
20 min weekly goals and theory scales and rt hand technique intervals and elements’ relationship elements and composition arpeggio and ear training review and journal
5 min cool down cool down cool down cool down cool down cool down
Time Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
5 min warm up warm up warm up warm up warm up warm up
20 min free play with recording elements free play with recording elements free play with recording review and journal
5 min cool down cool down cool down cool down cool down cool down

These are three examples of a 30 minute guitar practice schedule. When you read my goals and guitar practice schedules, you’ll notice that they seem theory intensive as opposed to technique. That may be the case but there are a couple of reasons for that:

  • The first reason is that I think that in order to become the best musician or guitarist that you can become, you must understand how music works. You have to develop a relationship with it. My practice sessions are nothing more than me enhancing my relationship with music. That’s how I try to look at it. If you want a much more detailed and practical approach to understanding theory through practice, check out the Major Scale Mastery and Major Triad Mastery eBooks. They take you step by step, day by day through the 2 most important theoretical concepts you’ll ever need to know and how to apply them to the fretboard.
  • The second reason is that based on what I want to accomplish, I need to understand theory. My goal isn’t to play arpeggios as fast as I can, or to shred like Vai or Satch.My goal is to do something with the skills that I have, to say something through technique and to me applying theory to emotion is the most efficient way to accomplish the goal.
  • Lastly, I NEVER STUDY THEORY WITHOUT MY GUITAR IN HAND. I’m a teacher by trade but I try to keep guitar playing from being purely academic. So I always learn and practice the theory on the instrument.

Hour Long Sample Guitar Practice Schedules

A) the rotation (because you’re rotating study topics everyday)

Time Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
5 min warm up warm up warm up warm up warm up warm up
20 min relationship of elements interval positions / ear training scales and phrasing rt hand technique dynamics arpeggios and composition review and journal
20 min interval positions / ear training scales and phrasing rt hand technique dynamics arpeggios and composition relationship of elements free play and song ideas
10 min scales and phrasing rt hand technique dynamics arpeggios and composition relationship of elements interval positions / ear training plan out next week
5 min cool down cool down cool down cool down cool down cool down

B) A creative approach: Topic a day for all you perfectionists

Time Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
5 min warm up warm up warm up warm up warm up warm up
30 min free play and song ideas composition and song structure / decide message and driving elements develop elements from ideas from Sunday rt hand techniques and dynamics phrasing and fretboard position: fingerings try and put it all together
20 min journal to tie in journal to tie in journal to tie in journal to tie in journal to tie in review and journal
5 min cool down cool down cool down cool down cool down cool down

C) A technical approach: Topic a day yet again for you obsessive-compulsives

Time Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
5 min warm up warm up warm up warm up warm up warm up
30 min rt hand arpeggios and dynamics interval study and fretboard placement left hand study: scales, phrasing and speed chord structure and placement on fretboard improv over vamps free play and idea generation
20 min journal to tie in journal to critique journal to critique journal to critique journal to critique gauge improvement since Sunday
5 min cool down cool down cool down cool down cool down cool down

Suggestions:

  • Focus on a specific aspect of playing at a time. Don’t try to cover all right hand techniques in one day.
  • Focus on one technique or area of study and do it right and learn it thoroughly.
  • Don’t practice shoddy technique.
  • Don’t practice halfheartedly. If you want to learn something, learn it inside and out until you’re just about sick of it.
  • BUT, once you’ve got it… move on. Don’t keep doing the same thing over and over again.
  • Base them on your goals. Usually I alternate between the different schedules and sometimes I skip here and there, whatever. The point is, as musicians and guitarists we change and so should our goals and practice regimens if need be. I usually take a day off during the week to clear my head, mine just happens to be Saturday.

The most important things you can learn in guitar theory is the Major Scale.

If you’re serious about getting better at guitar, mastering the major scale is your best option.

I’ve put together a series that guides you step by step through major scale theory and how to apply it to the fretboard. Major Scale Mastery offers you daily practice regimens that will help you MASTER the fretboard. If you stick to and follow them, I can guarantee you’ll have a better understanding of the guitar and any theory that you try to learn after that. Everything after that will come super easy. So check it out. It’s very much worth a look if you’re serious about getting better at guitar.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

four × 1 =

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>