Hi all. I ran into a situation this week that I wanted to share with everyone. For the past several of months I have been hitting the fingerstyle guitar practice very hard, 2-4 hours 4-6 days per week on average. This past week, all of that practice time came to a screeching halt because I had to focus on finishing the book for the new fingerstyle course.
Well, I finished the book this past Saturday. After a week of playing very little guitar, I noticed that I had been feeling burnt out on fingerstyle practice and I didn't even realize it. I thought to myself... "oh great, after a week of not practicing, most of the gains I made with fingerstyle guitar will be gone." I was very pleasantly surprised when I sat down with the guitar today. I found that after 5 minutes or so of playing, I didn't notice any loss in skill or sharpness.
I believe that this is because I was so consistent with my practice for so many months before this little break I was "forced" to take. To me, this is a great example of why consistent practice and focusing on the one thing you want to be best at is so critical for getting better on the guitar.
I just wanted to share this to encourage everyone. If you have one thing that is holding you back, or one thing that you want to conquer more than anything, try spending 3 months focusing on that one thing. Commit to it every day for 90 days and see if it doesn't get much better. I recommend taking at least one day per week off of practicing so you don't burn yourself out. Don't forget to share what you choose for this 90-day challenge here in this thread.