Creating short-term and-long term goals for yourself is a very effective way of moving your banjo playing forward. The goals should be realistic and it would be best to make a plan of how you are going to achieve them. You should make goals to fit different aspects of your playing; for instance, your picking speed or memorizing ten songs. Short-term goals should be what you want to get done in a day, a week or a month. Long-term goals should be where you want to be in a year or five years.
A Few Examples of Some Goals You could Set:
* Learning ten songs by memory that you can play without stopping or pausing.
* Learning all the notes of the G scale on each string.
* Improving your tone and technique on your slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs.
* Improving your left-hand ability to find and make chords.
Any of these goals or ones you create for yourself could be further broken down into the steps it may take to achieve them. Probably the most important and effective thing you can do is WRITE YOUR GOALS DOWN. Once you have them written down, I recommend checking the list often, checking off the ones you feel you have accomplished.