How Much Should I Be Practicing?
Updated: Feb 15, 2019
By: Jeff Kozelski
"How much should I practice?"
This is a question I get asked a lot as a teacher.
Everybody knows that using time efficiently can be a tricky thing. There is always something else to do. Before I had got my first guitar teacher at age 12, I thought I would become magically better at playing guitar just by loving it.
It turns out that doesn’t work.
I know now that having a weekly schedule exponentially made me a better player. I started off doing 3 days each week for 15-30 minutes playing chords, tablature, and collection of songs I was working on that week during my lesson. Soon I was on to scales and jazz chords that brought me to 5, 6, and 7 days each week for 4 to 6 hours each day. Having a steady schedule was the key to my progression.
Jeff Kozelski has been playing guitar for over 20 years. He began taking lessons when he was 12 years old and began studying music theory under Robert Newton at 19. By the age of 17, Jeff was playing solo gigs at restaurants. Jeff has played with a number of bands, most recently, King Hippo. Jeff performed lead guitar and vocals for King Hippo while they toured across the country and recorded three albums. Jeff has been teaching guitar lessons for 10 years. He has a large curriculum from which to choose and individualize his instruction based on student need, ranging from beginner guitar to advanced jazz theory.