300 Hours of Deliberate Practice on Guitar

Posted on July 1, 2013 by

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Over twenty months ago I set a goal to practice guitar 400 hours in 2 years.  I recently completed my 300th hour of deliberate practice and I have recorded and edited another video to track my progress.

Over the last 50 hours I focused on improving my sight-reading abilities and practicing barre chords (My Daily Guitar Practice Routine).  I started back on page 1 of my Hal Leonard Method book and I erased all the notes I had penciled in beneath the musical notation.  I started using the metronome fanatically and would only increase the speed once I could played an exercise clean.

I made quick progress through the early sections but quickly hit a wall as I encountered exercises I had skipped earlier.  I touched on one such challenge in my post Diagnosing and Resolving a Problem Using Deliberate Practice.

Throughout my practice sessions I utilized Interleaved Practice by always having a number of exercises in rotation and switching as soon as I felt myself getting in a groove and continued to utilize Deliberate Practice techniques almost every time I picked up my guitar.  This lead to some very frustrating practice sessions but I found that I was able to make steady progress through the lesson book.

While editing this video I noticed a couple improvements since the last video I recorded.  Since I have been practicing with a metronome and recorded this session with a metronome I can definitely hear the steadiness of the rhythm.  I also noticed that the volume and tone of each note is much more consistent in this recording than in prior ones.  Finally, I made much fewer errors during the recording session and it was more difficult to pick the “best” version for many of the tunes.

Overall I am pleased with the progress I made in the last 50 hours and I am looking forward to the next 50.  If you have any questions about this project, my approach to learning guitar, or any other related topic please leave them in the comments.


If you enjoyed this post you might also enjoy:
Anything You Can Do I Can Do Also
Pushing Through a Learning Plateau on Guitar
How to Practice Deliberately on Guitar
200 Hours of Deliberate Practice on Guitar


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