How do you make practice enjoyable?

Lindsey

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    I was reading through articles and came across the following quote:

    When people are learning instruments, they should be encouraged and advised: if they say they don’t enjoy their practice, I always say, well, FIND a way to enjoy it.” ~ John Williams

    We’ve all read and heard about how important it is to enjoy your practice, and we’ve seen the tips that tell you to make it sound musical, to take a break, and get a snack. Plus all the tips for routines.
    But how do you actually achieve that? Aside from playing your favourite songs.

    What’s your trick that makes you look forward to practice? (Or to get you started?)
     

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    I was reading through articles and came across the following quote:

    When people are learning instruments, they should be encouraged and advised: if they say they don’t enjoy their practice, I always say, well, FIND a way to enjoy it.” ~ John Williams

    We’ve all read and heard about how important it is to enjoy your practice, and we’ve seen the tips that tell you to make it sound musical, to take a break, and get a snack. Plus all the tips for routines.
    But how do you actually achieve that? Aside from playing your favourite songs.

    What’s your trick that makes you look forward to practice? (Or to get you started?)
    It's all about the purpose of why you're picking up the guitar in the first place, for example "One day I wanna play guitar in a band on stage".

    If you're playing guitar merely as a hobby, you might not get as much satisfaction unless you take the hobby as a form a relief from the everyday life.

    It's always good to have a purpose so that we know why we are doing what we are doing, and everything that comes after is part of the process of achieving what we want ;)
     

    Lindsey

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    It's all about the purpose of why you're picking up the guitar in the first place, for example "One day I wanna play guitar in a band on stage".

    If you're playing guitar merely as a hobby, you might not get as much satisfaction unless you take the hobby as a form a relief from the everyday life.

    It's always good to have a purpose so that we know why we are doing what we are doing, and everything that comes after is part of the process of achieving what we want ;)
    100% agree with that. However knowing what I want and need for it doesn’t seem to cut it for me personally, even if the inspiration is there. That’s why I was wondering on how others think about this.
     

    Muz Malek

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    100% agree with that. However knowing what I want and need for it doesn’t seem to cut it for me personally, even if the inspiration is there. That’s why I was wondering on how others think about this.
    I understand. But there's no one else but yourself that can help you. If self-belief ain't there, no matter how many people are offering their help and advises, in the end it's you who make the decision to get up and get going.

    You really have to know what you want in order to move. And the process is always boring and dry at some point, but if we are missing a purpose, we're basically never gonna see a point in doing anything, not just learning guitar. hahah.
     

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    It's a difficult one for sure, as it differs from player to player, but mostly it's having the knowledge that what you're doing is going to make you better & happier about your playing in the future.

    Prepare for hippy dippy examples here 😂

    Like you have to almost romanticize that idea of how you want to play and you'll find practice as more of an obsession than a thing that 'has to be done' etc

    I try and tell myself this: everytime you pick up your Guitar and work on just 1 thing, you're one step closer to playing how you want to play, like that day where you wake up and are in complete control of your instrument inches closer to you. It's real and it's out there, you just have to manifest it. When that day arrives is entirely up to you and if you pick your Guitar up or not. But you are always in complete control of moving that day closer to you - this idea drives me crazy because it seems so easy 😂 and technically it is! It's all a mindset thing.

    For me, knowing that that day will come and not caring when, just enjoying the thrill of the chase is what keeps me practicing and wanting to reinvent my playing. I'm sure Steve Vai said it best, that Guitar is largely a mental game.

    So basically, stay hungry!
     
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    Willard D. Veator

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    I like to mess around, turn on disco lights put my jacket on and kick my feet while playing guitar, daydreaming.
    When I get down I'll listen to music and/or clean my house, do some physical therapy stuff until I get the urge to clap my hands and play guitar.
    I try to keep it up cause my goals, which are everchanging yet still the same and it's a secret.
    Getting more comfortable with my guitar every time, from the start I figured I had to become one with it like an athlete and a ball or some other analogy. Some days when I don't feel musical I'll either leave it alone or do a few exercises like hammer-ons and pull-offs as fast as I can until I'm tired.
    Stuff that doesn't require any feeling or thought cause not feeling it. I saw this thread couple days ago but I didn't know what to say, probably deviated.
     
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    I was reading through articles and came across the following quote:

    When people are learning instruments, they should be encouraged and advised: if they say they don’t enjoy their practice, I always say, well, FIND a way to enjoy it.” ~ John Williams

    We’ve all read and heard about how important it is to enjoy your practice, and we’ve seen the tips that tell you to make it sound musical, to take a break, and get a snack. Plus all the tips for routines.
    But how do you actually achieve that? Aside from playing your favourite songs.

    What’s your trick that makes you look forward to practice? (Or to get you started?)
    the way I make practicing enjoyable is just enjoying the fact that I’m able to play. Playing is my passion and I enjoy myself no matter what I’m doing with a guitar
     
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    Sayonil Mitra

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    Trying out new things is always an option, like new chords, new style of playing, or trying to cover a song you never thought of covering. Also, setting small reasonable goals each practice session acn delay the process of losing interest in practicing. What I do is, I just start playing tons of breakdowns with my amp on full blast for 5-10 monutes, just to refresh and then go back to practice again.
     
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