Environment Matters

Get out and play.

Sometimes we just forget to pay attention and let old habits keep us in the dark. It's time to turn practice time into play time. 

Summer is in full swing and I couldn't be happier. In the Pacific Northwest, sunshine is at a premium and every little bit matters so you can imagine my surprise when I rolled into the office to find our web genius working away with the shades closed. I thought maybe it was just to keep the screen glare down but when I asked him why it was so dark, he looked around quizzically and responded, "I don't know." We lifted the shades and turned on some music and suddenly our environment was fun and inspiring.

Look Around

Sometimes it's the little things that make big changes. What's your practice environment like? Do you go into a home office and work away with the shades drawn or do you grab your guitar and take it out on the porch? Ever thrown it in a gig bag and biked down to the local park to play? As guitarists, we are blessed with mobility. We can take our instrument anywhere. Use that gift!

What to Pack

While it's awesome to grab your guitar and go, there's a few things you need to take with you. I've often been caught without them and it can really put a damper on your playtime. You really only need 5 things:

- Picks

- Capo

- Extra strings

- Guitar Strap

- Tuner (optional)

Always keep them in your gig bag and you'll be ready to jump at anytime.

Conclusion

No one makes you practice where you do. You've got control. If you're choosing an uninspiring place to be, you're going to be uninspired. Get out and play. You might be shocked at how great it is. Now with our mobile design, you can take us with you wherever you are. I'd love to know where you practice! Let me know in the comments.

Jason Houtsma serves as Worship Pastor for Mosaic Church in Bellingham, WA, Husband to Alli, Father to Bjorn and Asher, and guitar instructor for WorshipArtistry.com

Environment Matters

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The majority of the time I

The majority of the time I practice I'm playing my electric, so it's usually in my office in the basement. I did take my acoustic outside and play by the bonfire recently and that was pretty cool.