How to Keep Guitar Practice Happening When School Goes Back in Session

Please say it aint so!

Our Poway Aces are back in school and our Aces in Scripps Ranch and Camino Del Sur return after Labor Day. Summer is too short!

First of all I hope everyone has a smooth transition in returning to school schedules and early bed times and homework and all the other hectic things that come with a new school year.

Here are a few ideas to make guitar practice at home an easy transition. It doesn’t need to be difficult!

First, set a dedicated practice time whether it’s in the morning or after school or after dinner. This is your ‘guitar time’ and you and your student will know that… so no surprises plus it makes it easier to budget for the time. Adjust your guitar time if needed as you feel out your new schedule.

Keep guitar on the forefront. Talk about guitar during the ride to school, at the dinner table or any where you are chatting with your student. Not necessarily to lecture them or tell them to go practice. Say, “Hey did you hear the guitar on that song?” while listening to the radio riding in the car or causally discuss the songs they are working on. “Whats your favorite?'” “What are your best songs? Hardest songs? Trickiest parts of a song?”

If you experience a bit of a lull in practicing as school returns thats normal. Remember that things WILL get to the ‘new normal’ soon and don’t get frustrated.

Feel free to contact me, as well, I am glad to help with individual cases if they arise!

Here is a good ice breaking guitar song and it is seasonally appropriate. Guitar Legend Chuck Berry’s “School Days.”

Enjoy!

About mikeslayen

Guitarist/Instructor

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