How many times have you tried to learn to play the guitar, only to quit just a few weeks or months later? I'm willing to bet that for most of you, your answer would be more than once. This is a very common story for most beginners, but you can break the cycle by being aware of certain roadblocks that will end up sending your guitar back to the closet for another 6 months. Here is a list of common pitfalls and some words of wisdom followed by the ultimate secret to guitar motivation.
Life Happens - Learning to play the guitar requires a consistent time commitment. The busier life gets, the more you have to prioritize your time, and the guitar slowly slips down toward the bottom of the list.
Words of Wisdom: Yes, playing the guitar does require a consistent time commitment. However, the key word here is "consistent." You can still make progress on the guitar while practicing as little as 10 minutes a day 3 to 5 times a week. So when you find yourself in a pinch for time, all you need to do is reduce the length of your practice sessions, not the number of sessions. Consistent and dedicated practice is the fastest way to improving, which brings us to our next pitfall.
Creatures of Habit - I'm sure you've heard the saying, "human beings are creatures of habit," and there is no arguing with it here. In order to truly learn something, you have to make it a part of your regular routine.
Words of Wisdom: I've heard several numbers as to how long it takes for something to become habit; 21 days, one month, two months, etc. I believe that this is different for everyone, so to be on the safe side we'll go with 90 days. If you can break the 90 day hump, you'll have a much greater chance of sticking with it. Next time you decide to pick up the guitar again, give yourself a fighting chance and get over the hump.
Fear of What You Don't Know - As a guitar teacher, I'm very familiar with beginner (even intermediate and advanced) students becoming far too overwhelmed with all of the things that they don't know. This mindset can be extremely detrimental to your motivation and will exponentially increase your frustrations with each practice session.
Words of Wisdom: When you notice this thought creeping in, you must ignore it and remove it from your mind immediately. Learn to focus on the things that you do know, and do them well. There is no shortcut to learning guitar and everyone's path is different. Over time, as your personal style and tastes develop, you will surely learn everything you need to accomplish your goals as a guitarist.
The Ultimate Secret To Guitar Motivation:
Play What You Love
Sounds simple, right? The truth is that a lot of guitarists do not take the time to really think about what their goals are, what inspires them, and ultimately, what kind of guitarist they want to become. "Play What You Love." Keep this thought in the forefront of everything you do as a guitarist and it will do the following for you:
Many beginners need help defining their goals and identifying their true passions as a guitar player. I will sit down with you for free to discuss what motivates you and outline a personalized guitar lesson strategy. Contact me through email or fill out the Free Trial Contact Form to schedule a time.