How to Accelerate Your Guitar Progress Without All The Headaches
One thing that I have learned while playing guitar over the years is that in order to really get the best results in my guitar playing is to make sure that I have a goal or objective in mind with what I am trying to do. Is it increasing the speed at which I play this arpeggio or scale? Am I trying to memorize this song and play it from beginning to end. Do I just want to learn this sick lick so that I can show all of my friends and family what I’ve been working on?
There are many different things that you can go after on you guitar/music journey. And one of the biggest things that stop people is just getting started. So I highly recommend that if you are sincere about learning guitar and music that you start painting a picture of what that looks like for you. If you have big goals in what you want to accomplish with music then maybe you will scale you guitar goals back again. That is completely fine, but you have to start with something. I would recommend that you start with a lick or a song that you really want to learn!
The Eighty – Twenty Rule
When I was first learning guitar I didn’t let anything stop me from a song I wanted to learn. Sure some were really fast and beyond my skill level but there are a lot of songs. In fact I would say 80% of songs out there you are capable of playing. I will warn you now though, If you have not attempted to learn anything on guitar before then it will be a challenge but If you can make a commitment to yourself to do it not matter what. Then nothing can stop you.
The Great Discouragement… Failure
You know its coming, I know its coming, we all know that sooner or later when you try something new that you have no experience in that inevitably you will fail. I can truly relate with you on this as I have seen my self as a perfectionist for a long time. And its surprising that I ever had the courage to get up on stage and perform at all. A lot of it was probably because I had the peer pressure of the band. But no matter what level you are playing at, Mistakes will happen and you will fail. I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news but this is the reality of the situtation.
Let me let you in all a little secret when it comes to playing and learning the guitar… Failure, that word, that experience, it is a part of learning how to play the guitar really, really well! Without failure and making mistakes with you guitar playing then you would have no reference experiences to learn from. It is part of the process! And my favorite part of this little secret is that you can fail on your own in your own privacy and slowly or quickly depending on your commitment level, accomplish everything that you want with the guitar!
Playing the guitar is not rocket science!
Learning to play the guitar is not rocket science. Learning music theory can sometimes feel that way, but chances are if you are reading this right now, you are still in the beginning stages of your guitar playing. If this is true and you are still going through the tough experience of those first 6 months on guitar. Then it is time that you really start paying attention to your technique. Because let me tell you, if your technique gets really bad and goes too long without being checked then you might find yourself in some serious trouble. So lets do everything we can to avoid that and reach out today to see if we can help you!
At the end of the day, one of the big reasons I am successful on guitar is that I am obsessed with continuous improvement. Even now I am pushing myself and there is always another thing for me to achieve. For example right now in my current skill level I need to shift my practice to start integrating diatonic arpeggios and use more complicated chords. There is always another level to achieve with you guitar playing. My biggest advice to you is to decide on something that you really want to accomplish on guitar and then go all out and accomplish it!