Anyone that knows me knows that I am big on discipline. No, not the punishment aspect of it, but the training aspect as it relates to learningsomething. If you already show the willingness to practice guitar, thendisciplining yourself to practice will be easy.This is the militaristic part of the process and something that most peoplewant to avoid. However, you must set yourself apart from the rest and proveto yourself that you have what it takes. There are three main aspects todiscipline as it relates to practice:
First, you have to be able to set aside the time every day to practice, noexceptions. It should be scheduled the same time every day and for the same duration. Make it set in stone. If you only have an hour tospare, fine, just make sure you practice intelligently for that one hour.It should be a time of day when you will not be interupted and you aremost alert. Be there and do not skip a practice session.
Second, your practice must be correct. Do not practice somethingsloppy... you will only get sloppy results. If you can only play it at areal slow tempo, fine, start with that. Do not think that practicingsomething anything less than perfect will get you good results. Makesure that whatever you are practicing is controlled and correctlyexecuted.
Third, the key ingredient to discipline is repetition. Perfect repetition to be exact (refer to the last paragraph). Repeating something perfectlyover and over and over ad nauseam is the only way to properlydevelop it. However, once you have it, you have it. It will becomeingrained in your muscle memory and will be easily retrievable.Discipline is not something you can do without if you want to be a greatguitarist. Just remember, you have to stay commited and work diligently atwhat you are currently practicing. It is the only way to achieve greatness onthe instrument.