The Art of Practice

The ability to practice effectively is the most important skill you will develop as a musician.

The time you spend practicing your instrument will dwarf any other musical activity. Lessons and performances will comprise far fewer hours than the hundreds and thousands you will accrue in solitude, practicing. Teachers may guide you and experiences may shape you, but the progress you make as a musician will come from practice.

the art of practice
Scale Practice on Classical Guitar
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Scale Practice

Video Lessons and PDF Download
Scales are wonderful tools that you can use to hone in on specific elements of your technique and musicianship. In this lesson we will focus on how best to use scales in your next practice session.
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Simon's 5-Minute Guitar Warmup
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Simon's 5 Minute Warmup

Video Lesson and PDF Download
Warming up is important and it doesn’t have to be overly complicated. In this lesson I share with you the 5 minute warmup routine that I use before each practice session and performance.
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4 Practice Templates for Classical Guitar
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4 Practice Templates

4 Pre-written Practice Templates
Do you have 15 minutes or 2 hours for your next practice session? How are you going to use that time? It is good to know how to make the most of each time-frame when practicing
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Recording Yourself

Recording Yourself for Practice

Podcast and Article
Gain objectivity from the simple yet revealing act of recording your practice.


Transform Your Playing at the CGC Academy

If you struggle with frustration, overwhelm, and a lack of focus the CGC Academy can help you transform your musical experience.

With world-class curriculum that is progressive and structured you will find a learning pathway that has everything laid out for you. All materials are provided and you will have access at all hours so that you can practice when it suits your schedule.

Study with dedicated teachers who have worked with thousands of students just like you from all over the world.

And, you will not be alone in your journey. Inside the Academy you will find a supportive community of musicians that are working to develop their playing and musical expression.

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The lessons are organized in a concise and easy-to-follow way, so I don’t feel overwhelmed by the information. The teachers are incredibly knowledgeable and patient, so I always feel supported and encouraged. The community is supportive and friendly, so I’m always motivated to keep learning. I’m learning a lot and having a blast! I’m already playing my favorite classical pieces and I can’t wait to continue learning.

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If you are someone with limited and unpredictable “me time”, CGC’s combination of well structured curriculum, “always on” availability, and skilled, enthusiastic, personable instructors provides an ideal stairway to classical guitar heaven.

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Several years of using self-help method books, online tutorials and video exchange programs had left me frustrated with what always seemed a piecemeal approach to advancing my guitar studies.  When I discovered the CGC Academy with its expertly structured, grades 1-8 curriculum, a highly responsive and dedicated staff, and a global community of fellow students eager to share the journey, I knew I’d found a new home.  Seven years on and I could not be happier with my decision – coaching calls, performance seminars, member challenges, open mics, summer school, feedback from fellow students and instructors – all have served to take my playing to a level I never thought possible.


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