Playing songs is what it’s all about! And a balanced practice routine should help you to achieve the skills you need, to be able to play the songs you want to play.
But what songs should you be working on? Many students fall into traps of either playing songs that are too easy or far too hard. So how does one find the balance?
I recommend that all guitarists work on three types of songs at any one time. I call them 'Campfire', 'Developers' and 'Dreamers', and here's why this can be such a great way to stay motivated on guitar.
Campfire songs are ones you can play with ease. Ones you can remember and play confidently. Everyone should have at least 10 songs they can play at a party, so think about that kind of situation when you decide on your list. Think about where and with whom you might play them, and then choose appropriately. Songs that people like to sing along with in my circles are Wish You Were Here, Heart Of Gold, Hallelujah, Free Fallin', Time Of Your Life ...but if your social circle's taste is more country, etc, then obviously choose accordingly.
Pick songs that are easy to recall even after a few beers. Revise them every few months to keep them current in your mind, maybe with some extra revision if you have something coming up where you might be put on the spot.
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