Classical Guitar Practice Methods

A practice method is a specific way to practice something to achieve a desired result.  This could be to learn new notes, speed things up, or to get them cleaner.  For most any problem there is one or more practice methods that will get the job done.

Part of learning classical guitar is learning how to practice.  And a big part of learning to practice is learning various practice methods.

Many of the methods below can also be found in the appropriate sections of the CGS Resources page.

Here are some of the main areas in which we use practice methods:

Below you’ll find a large list of practice methods.  Use the list above to narrow down your search, or browse the archive below.

All Practice Methods

  1. 42 Questions to Blow (open) Your Musical Mind
  2. 50 Ways To Test Your Musical Memory
  3. 6 Tips for When You Get Tired of a Tune
  4. 7 Steps to Learning Any Piece Quickly and Easily (video series)
  5. Ace the Tricky Spots and Polish to Perfection (pt 1: First Things First)
  6. Ace the Tricky Spots and Polish to Perfection (pt 2: The One Thing)
  7. Ace the Tricky Spots and Polish to Perfection (pt 3: The Moves and the Mouth)
  8. Ace the Tricky Spots and Polish to Perfection (pt 4: Simplify)
  9. Are You Practicing, or Exercising? The Truth Will Set You Free!
  10. Backing Up to Go Forward
  11. Classical Guitar Technique Off-Guitar Exercises for Travel, Strength, and Stretch
  12. Classical Guitar Visualization: What, Why and How
  13. Create a Before-Bed Review, and End the Day In Style
  14. Cross the Bar Line for Better Phrasing, Better Classical Guitar Practice
  15. Curiosity: The Single Most Important Practice Skill
  16. Exaggeration: Bring Your Playing To the Next Level
  17. Focus More in Practice, With the “Brain Dump” Technique
  18. Get More Done Practicing with the Pomodoro Technique
  19. Guitar Sight Reading: Tips and Methods for Your Practice Session
  20. Harnessing the power of simplicity
  21. Have a Positive Agenda in Your Guitar Practice
  22. How (and Why) to Memorize Music on Classical Guitar
  23. How Long Should I Practice Guitar Each Day?
  24. How to Learn Classical Guitar – A Free Course on Right Hand Technique
  25. How to Learn Classical Guitar Pieces (Gypsy Dance)
  26. How to Maintain Classical Guitar Repertoire
  27. How to Make Your Guitar Playing Easy
  28. How to Master Motivation in Your Classical Guitar Practice
  29. How to Polish Classical Guitar Pieces to Performance Level
  30. How to Practice Guitar with the Lilypad Technique
  31. How to Shadow Practice on Guitar
  32. How To Teach Yourself Classical Guitar (even if you live on the moon)
  33. How to Use a Mirror in Guitar Practice for Evaluation
  34. How to Use an Ordinary Timer to Supercharge Your Classical Guitar Practice
  35. How to Use Corrective Pauses to Speed up Chord Changes
  36. How to use Easy Pieces in practice
  37. How to Video Yourself for Guitar Practice and Be Your Own Teacher
  38. How to Warm Up for your Classical Guitar Practice
  39. Inner Game of Practice: Release Guilt and Accept Reality
  40. Keeping Arpeggios Fun on Classical Guitar
  41. Learn Classical Guitar Pieces Faster with this Secret Code
  42. Listen to RCM Bridges Guitar Series MP3s (plus download free)
  43. Memory Tip: How to Memorize and Recall Classical Guitar Pieces More Quickly
  44. Play “Naked”: Leave Out the Ornaments (at first)
  45. Short on Time? Simple Tricks to Learn Music Fast
  46. Speed Up You Guitar Playing, Using Dotted Rhythms
  47. Successful Practice Tip: End On a High Note!
  48. The 85% Rule: How to Play Pieces Perfectly Polished at Full Speed
  49. The Chord Shift Formula: How to Shift Cleanly to a Chord
  50. The Four-Measure Musical Formula for Practice, Phrasing and Memory
  51. The One-Minute Problem-Solver Method for Polishing Guitar Music
  52. What to Include in Your Guitar Practice Schedule
  53. Why You Procrastinate Practicing Scales (and how to stop)