Joining a band will make you a better player

I started my first band within a week of getting my first guitar.  It was a Friday when my mom took me to pick out the guitar, and my lessons started the following Wednesday.  By the time the weekend rolled around I had found enough guys at school to start a band and have our first practice on Saturday.  Sure, at that point I really had no idea how to play that guitar.  But playing in a band, even that soon, made me a better musician.  Some of the benefits included the following:

How You Practice Can Affect Your Progress

I know how easy it can be to get distracted while practicing.  Maybe you sit down with every intention of working on your lesson material, but frustration, confusion or boredom sets in so you decide to run through your favorite AC/DC song.  The next thing you know, you’ve been playing “Back in Black” for 20 minutes and you haven’t made any progress on your lesson material.