Watch the Practicing Tips online guitar lesson by Bill Evans from The Language of Improvisation
It’s not the amount of time you spend with your instrument, but the quality of the time you spend. Don’t look at your watch and say “well, I spent an hour, that’s good enough.” If you just daydreamed the whole time you probably didn’t accomplish anything. Have an idea of what you want to practice and work on it. If it’s making sense out of your phrases, then practice making sense out of your phrases. Record yourself and listen back. How does it sound? What do you need to work on? The recording will tell you a lot. Are you swinging? Practice with a metronome on 2 and 4. Play slowly. Add more new phrases to your repertoire. Always push yourself. Always remind yourself that the better player you become the more fun it will be. Try to emulate other players who can do what you are TRYING to do. You will never sound exactly like them, so don’t worry about it. As soon as you have learned what you can from listening to a certain player you like, you will naturally move on to someone else. In the end, you will end up expressing yourself in a way that is personal and ALL OF YOUR OWN!
More tips…Play slowly, write down new phrases everyday, make sense, use dynamics, don’t always practice what you already know, but things you are trying to learn. Listen to other players, analyze other players, ETC.