A weekly guitar practice schedule for you!

And how are we all on this fine Saturday morning. Bit chilly out eh? Well, it is in south-eastern Australia for those of you reading on the other side of the world!

A good day to stay inside, keep warm and do some practice – yay!

As I’m sure I’ve said probably numerous times on this blog already, having something to work towards in your practice is so very important. We’re all pretty strapped for time and having some aims for your practice sessions or bigger goals to work towards can help make sure you’re making most efficient use of the time available.

So to help you with mapping out your practice I’m sharing with you the practice schedule sheet I use. Ooooohhhh…..

Here it is: Weekly Practice Schedule

You don’t have to stick religiously to the format, but you may find it a really useful little memory jogger, helping to:

  • outline what your objectives for that week are – what do you really want to work on? This could be, for example, increasing speed to a certain metronome marking through a scale or passage (this is one of mine this week) or ironing out all the tricky spots in a piece?
  • remind you to do your technical exercises – with your aims in mind, and that practice is not just about playing through your pieces. But you know that already right?!
  • set out which days you’re definitely able to practice on – some days it’s just not possible due to schedules and general life and stuff. Plotting your practice sessions out, firstly, let’s you plan which days you can practice, and secondly….
  • show you what practice you are actually doing on what days and for how long – so you can track what you’re doing, see if you’re doing as much practice or as little practice as you think you’re doing and see where perhaps see if you fit any more in if appropriate.
  • draw you back to your original objectives at the end of the week and explore whether you think you’ve achieved them.

4 thoughts on “A weekly guitar practice schedule for you!

  1. I found this while searching for a practice log for my 10-year-old. It looks great, but can you elaborate a little more on what would fall under each of the categories on the sheet? I kind of understand repertoire, but what would he DO under the categories of ‘technical’ and ‘studies’? Would studies just be his lesson day?

    1. Thanks for the message Andrea.

      Technical work would be things like scales, arpeggios and any other exercises specifically focussed on an area of technique.
      Studies are the application of such technical aspects in a more musical setting, or a piece of music with a specific didactic focus if you like. If your son is working on, for example, knowledge of the fifth position his teacher may give him a study or two with this in mind.

      For youngsters I wouldn’t worry to much about a regimented practice schedule as the focus really should be about fun at the age of 10!

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