Stretching Times

Is my practice getting too routine?
Is my practice getting too routine?
I need some motivation. I've been trying to practice my guitar every day, but it's really easy for me do the same things over and over, not challenging myself to try and learn new things. The last week or so, for my practice time, I've been grabbing my guitar, turning on a television show and working on the same picking techniques, hammer-ons and fret board positions over and over again. In some ways this can be a good thing to do, I want to get a good grasp on the concepts and fret board positions that I have learned before trying to cram more concepts into my mind. Besides, building muscle memory is one of the biggest things that helps learning to play the guitar... Normally, I may let these excuses be justification to keep doing what I'm doing. However, the purpose of focusing on guitar this month is to stretch myself. I say no more!  ;) I've made the decision that I'm not going to watch any more television or movies by myself for the rest of this month (although, I am more than happy to still watch movies with friends, because I believe that developing friendships is a lot more valuable than learning to play the guitar) as I've been making my guitar practice time into an excuse to catch up on my favorite television series... and, I don't feel that I've been stretching myself very much at all. Another way that I'm trying to motivate myself is by practicing with my the worship team at my church. Last night was the first night that I joined them and it was definitely a stretching experience. I was comfortable sticking with the basic chord shapes that I've known for years, but when I tried to play stuff higher up the neck, I had a hard time, plus the fact that we use sheet music, it was really easy for me to get lost. I spent a lot of time focusing on my fingers and where they were on the fret board, then, because there was so much on the page, I couldn't find my place in the music. I do hope to be able to practice with the team consistantly and hopfully, things will improve.pixelstats trackingpixel