I’m taking a day off from practicing today. I came on this six day practice week a while ago, but it was not my own idea.
Notably, Ricardo Iznaola mentions it in his book, On Practicing: A Manual for Students of Guitar Performance, mentions the following:
“The week should consist of six days only, with a seventh day of rest from practice (although you may play all you want on that day!).”
Obviously, I agree. However, most people strictly schedule every aspect of their practice, I do not. Nor do I like the idea of doing that. “Well, I spend 20 minutes on scales and 10 minutes on etudes and 5 minutes checking my phone to make sure I have missed anything while I was practicing,” sounds dumb to me. I am a fan of goal oriented practice. I’m not a fan of scheduling a day off. Let it happen organically.
If you don’t feel like playing one day, don’t. This is especially true for aspiring professionals or people in school for guitar. We get so focused and burnt out, that it can be detrimental to push ourselves too far. Taking a day off when those feelings begin to set in can be a great refresher.
From a “real life” standpoint, some days just suck. Being extremely busy or having a few other things to do can take up all the practice time available very quickly. Most times these days aren’t planned, they just happen. Well, that’s a great day to take off from playing! It’s one less thing to stress about.
The only thing to be worried about is to keep that to one day a week and be sure to pick up the instrument the other six days. Usually, after a day off, I miss the instrument and I’m more excited to get back to it; the taking more than one day off rarely is a problem.