Know why you do it.
Always know WHY you are practicing something...
If you don't you'll always be running blind into every false promise you allow yourself to be convinced by.
Then we go onto discuss how I beleive you should decide on things to practice and set your schedule. I'll get back to this page and flesh it out more shortl.
Practice Shedule Guidelines
The four (or five) principle areas of study:
This is going to the gym, your guitar fitness, and would include: scales with a metronome, finger gym, spider, legato exercises, bending, tapping, sliding, vibrato, sight reading (if needed), etc.
This is about learning things, scales, chords, theory, arpeggios, rhythm paterns, reading rhythms, licks, vocabulary, and thing you can gain knowledge in!
Ear Training / Transcribing
We hear music. Doesn't it make sense to spend at lease 25% of your time developing them. They are like muscles and can be worked on with Aural Training (Interval Ear Training) and by Transcribing. Most students who feel like "there is something missing" find the answer is this!
We all gotta learn songs, right? That's the point of it all. So learn some!
Improvising (for post Intermediate guitarists)
If you plan to be involved in improvised music then you need to practice improvising with a band of backing tracks!
If you need to ask a question about this lesson - there is a topic set up specifically to help you with this lesson. To help you find it easily you can click the following link and it will take you right the topic. You'll be able to see questions that other people had and ask your own questions! Hopefully one of the very helpful members of our community will be there to help you soon, I do go there and answer stuff too - but there are just too many questions for me to answer alone!