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Watch the SECTION 3: Next Chords online guitar lesson by Susan Mazer from Hands-On Guitar: The Beginner's Guide

Now that you’re really making music I want to offer some tips about how to make the most out of your practicing and progress even faster. Take a look at the chart called 13 practicing tips. Basically, leave the guitar out where it’s accessible. If you play for ten minutes at a time several times a day, that adds up. Make sure you’re practice space is comfortable and quiet. Turn off the cell phone. Finally, remember that playing music is the same principle as playing sports. In order to hit the baseball perfectly you practice over and over until your muscles remember what the correct position feels like. Your fingers rely on muscle memory as well and will get faster the more you practice. My students sometimes say “I don’t think that I’m getting any better.” Sometimes you can’t hear your own gradual improvement. Tape record yourself today. Listen back in one month and you won’t believe the difference.