Did it ever occur to you that there is a right way and a wrong way to practice banjo? Follow this guide to prevent injuries and maximize your progress faster than ever.
Set out a small chunk of time everyday for banjo practice, nothing else. 30 minutes or less is great and you will be able see progress before you even know it! One tip for finding more time in the day: wake up 10 minutes earlier and go to sleep 10 minutes later.
Now you need to build a practice space. This will be your zen zone where it is just you, your banjo, and whatever you are trying to learn or practice. This spot should be strictly for practice so you will not get distracted when you are trying to learn something new. It’s your sanctuary.
I recommend that you keep that practice space very clean and organized so you can find anything you need for your practice time without spending valuable time digging for something. You may also want to have a drink on a coaster so you don’t get thirsty while you play.
You also will want a plan. Generally starting to practice without having an idea of what you want to accomplish is a bad idea. Here are some ideas for what you could practice:
- Developing your right hand
- Learning the banjo part to a song
- Developing your left hand
- Perfecting a technique
- Writing your own song
Whatever you pick will be your sole mission in life for 30 minutes, choose wisely.
You’re going to want a few key musical tools to keep everything running smoothly. Here is a recommended list:
- Chromatic Tuner
- Capo or Railroad Spikes or 5th string capo
- Paper and pencil to write down anything important.
- Other instruments
Those 4 things will keep your practice session in order. So to wrap up, here is a quick action list for creating a better practice space for how to practice banjo:
- Set aside 20-30 minutes of time
- Separate yourself from the world
- Keep the area clean and organized
- Know what you want to accomplish during that session
- Have the right tools