My opinion is that Practice should be included in every instruction manual. This is a very important subject.
Take a look at your life and determine how much time you can devote to it each day. You must be completely honest with yourself. You can sacrifice some TV. If you must. (gasp!) It is important to examine your life and decide how much time you really want to spend on this. What amount of time is feasible and practical?
Once you have identified the “holes” in your daily schedule, make a commitment to practice at those times every day. It is important to make the commitment official by telling your family and saying it aloud. You can also practice it spontaneously throughout the day. Establish a practice time. It is important to establish a “disciplined” habit.
Clear Your Head
Be smart if you only have five hours per day. You don’t have to practice as much at once. You can stop practicing if you feel hand pain. If you feel “mushy” and just smudging, it is a sign that your concentration is not strong enough. This is a warning sign to stop practicing. You should remain alert and focused while you practice.
It becomes a sort of meditation if you can identify the times when you should practice it and do it every day. You are completely focused on the task at hand and have no distractions. The discipline starts to feel good after a while. Because you are familiar with the banjo, you gain tremendous confidence. Your ears can hear the sound, and your fingers can feel the strings. Play!
If you would like to learn banjo. Check out this beginner guide.