“Nothing pleases me more than to go into a room and come out with a piece of music.” – Paul McCartney
Even if you have always believed that the inspiration to be a great artist can come from anywhere, it is a fact that one needs hours and hours of undisturbed practice to achieve greatness in any field. Therefore, it is pertinent that if you hope to be a great guitarist, then your practice area needs to inspire you in a number of ways. For this, the point of importance is not that you lock yourself in a secluded space to practice. It is also important that your guitar practice area is equipped with everything that inspires and motivates you to play on the strings of the guitar for hours on end.
So, whether it is about strumming your first chord or learning how to play the heptatonic scale, you need the perfect ambience to play it perfectly.
A study has revealed that the brains of guitarists are different from the brains of other people. When a guitarist plays, his brain shuts down the conscious part of the brain so there is shift from the conscious to the unconscious realm. To transcend to that level, every guitarist needs undisturbed practice of his art where it becomes a part of his being, a way of life.
Let’s take a look at what should be your guitar practice room equipped with to get your creative juices flowing:
The most important thing is to get a space specifically for guitar practice, even if it’s the corner of your laundry room! It’s great if you can afford the luxury of a private room. However, if you cannot afford a private room, turn any small space into your practice room and place your guitar permanently there so it is not used for any other purpose.
Decorate your practice space with anything that makes you feel relaxed, happy and creative. You could put posters of your favourite guitarists on the walls, paint a wall in your favourite colour or place your chair in front of the window so you can view the beautiful nature outside while playing the guitar. Anything that fills your mind with serenity and happiness will be a boost to your creative skills!
Make sure everything you need for your practice is within your reach. Accessories such as spare strings, slides, leads should be placed where you can easily reach out for them. A music stand is a great investment if you are using sheet music or a tab book to learn.
An untidy, cluttered space is the last thing you need to be able to concentrate on your practice. Get rid of any distraction or temptation that takes your mind away from the practice. The temptations could include your phone, magazines, books and even people!
A perfect practice space is surely a huge advantage when you trying to practice any musical instrument. Not only will you end up spending more time in learning if you have a personal space of your own, but you’ll also enjoy the learning process more.
Sally Philips © 2017 – Freelance Writer
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