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. 25 Practice Tips for Effective Guitar Practice
  2. 42 Questions to Blow (open) Your Musical Mind
  3. 50 Ways To Test Your Musical Memory
  4. 6 Tips for When You Get Tired of a Tune
  5. 7 Steps to Learning Any Piece Quickly and Easily (video series)
  6. 7 Time-Wasting Mistakes in Daily Guitar Practice
  7. Ace the Tricky Spots and Polish to Perfection (pt 1: First Things First)
  8. Ace the Tricky Spots and Polish to Perfection (pt 2: The One Thing)
  9. Ace the Tricky Spots and Polish to Perfection (pt 3: Talk it Out)
  10. Ace the Tricky Spots and Polish to Perfection (pt 4: Simplify)
  11. Adventure Practice: Adding Novelty to Guitar Practice
  12. Are You Practicing, or Exercising? The Truth Will Set You Free!
  13. Backing Up to Go Forward: Faster Learning, Better Playing, through Easier Pieces
  14. Be a better classical guitarist by harnessing the power of simplicity
  15. Chord TABs: Learn Classical Guitar Pieces Faster with this Secret Code
  16. Classical Guitar Technique Off-Guitar Exercises for Travel, Strength, and Stretch
  17. Classical Guitar Visualization: What, Why and How
  18. Create a Before-Bed Review, and End the Day In Style
  19. Cross the Bar Line for Better Phrasing, Better Classical Guitar Practice
  20. Curiosity: The Single Most Important Practice Skill
  21. Eliminate Confusion and Reduce Random Guitar Mistakes
  22. Exaggeration: A Practice Tool to Bring Your Playing To the Next Level
  23. Focus More in Practice, With the “Brain Dump” Technique
  24. Guitar Sight Reading: Tips and Methods for Practice
  25. Have a Positive Agenda in Your Guitar Practice
  26. How (and Why) to Memorize Music on Classical Guitar
  27. How Long Should I Practice Guitar Each Day?
  28. How to Create Guitar Exercises from Pieces of Music
  29. How to Learn Classical Guitar – A Free Course on Right Hand Technique
  30. How to Learn Classical Guitar Pieces (Gypsy Dance)
  31. How to Learn New Guitar Chords: A Proprioception Exercise
  32. How to Maintain Classical Guitar Repertoire
  33. How to Make Your Guitar Playing Easy
  34. How to Master Motivation in Your Classical Guitar Practice
  35. How To Play Guitar Expressively, In Layers
  36. How to Polish Classical Guitar Pieces to Performance Level
  37. How to Practice for Note-Perfect Guitar-Playing
  38. How to Practice Guitar with the Lilypad Technique
  39. How to Shadow Practice on Guitar
  40. How To Teach Yourself Classical Guitar (even if you live on the moon)
  41. How to Use a Mirror in Guitar Practice for Evaluation
  42. How to Use an Ordinary Timer to Supercharge Your Classical Guitar Practice
  43. How to Use Corrective Pauses to Speed up Chord Changes
  44. How to use Easy Pieces in practice
  45. How to Video Yourself for Guitar Practice and Be Your Own Teacher
  46. How to Warm Up for your Classical Guitar Practice
  47. Inner Game of Practice: Release Guilt and Accept Reality
  48. Keeping Arpeggios Fun on Classical Guitar
  49. Learning to Learn Vs. Learning a Piece
  50. Listen to RCM Bridges Guitar Series MP3s (plus download free)
  51. Manage Your Practice Time and Energy with the Pomodoro Technique
  52. Memory Tip: How to Memorize and Recall Classical Guitar Pieces More Quickly
  53. Mental Practice – Practice Without a Guitar
  54. Play “Naked”: Leave Out the Ornaments (at first)
  55. Short on Time? Simple Tricks to Learn Music Fast
  56. Speed Up Your Guitar Playing, Using Dotted Rhythms
  57. Successful Practice Tip: End On a High Note!
  58. The 85% Rule: How to Play Pieces Perfectly Polished at Full Speed
  59. The Chord Shift Formula: How to Shift Cleanly to a Chord
  60. The Four-Measure Musical Formula for Practice, Phrasing and Memory
  61. The One-Minute Problem-Solver Method for Polishing Guitar Music
  62. What to Include in Your Guitar Practice Schedule
  63. Why You Procrastinate Practicing Scales (and how to stop)