Expanded practice tip #2: Play everyday

In an earlier post, I outlined five tips for practicing. For this article, I’m going to elaborate on the second tip: play everyday.

Our eyes and ears take in tons of information every second that we are awake. So much information, in fact, that it would be impossible for our brain to retain all of it. There’s simply not enough room in our head to remember everything we see and hear moment to moment, all day long. In fact, our brains typically can only hold seven pieces of new information in it’s short-term memory at any given time. That’s right, just seven! Consequently, our brain has to be selective about what it remembers long term and what it flushes out of memory after a short time.  It is continually analyzing the the things we observe and parsing it out to determine if it should be converted to long-term memory or kept only for a short period. This process is involuntary, so we can’t control it directly, but we can influence it indirectly. How? Repetition.

Important information is gradually transferred from short-term memory into long-term memory. The more the information is repeated or used, the more likely it is to eventually end up in long-term memory, or to be “retained.” (That’s why studying helps people to perform better on tests.) Unlike sensory and short-term memory, which are limited and decay rapidly, long-term memory can store unlimited amounts of information indefinitely. – http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/human-brain/human-memory2.htm

As you can see, learning a new scale, chords or song is simply a result of repetition. Daily repetition. The more repetitions on consecutive days, the faster you will learn. Period. It’s science.


For more information about me and the guitar lessons that I give in and around Baltimore, visit www.ewguitar.com.

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