Your First Guitar
Do you remember your first guitar?
I remember mine. I was about ten if I remember correctly. I bugged my mom and dad until they finally got me a cheap guitar from either Sears or Penney’s. I wanted to play so bad that I didn’t quit even when my fingers were hurting from the higher strings on the cheap guitar. It just didn’t matter. I wasn’t able to take lessons, but I didn’t care. I spent hours watching other guitar players and digging through music books, despite my hurting fingers.
Why Did You Want To Play Guitar
Think back to when you first had the desire to play. How did you feel when you got your first guitar? Remember the excitement you felt when you first held it and ran your fingers down the strings for your first strum on your guitar. Remember the squeak of the strings as you run your hand up the neck, even though you didn’t know how to finger any notes.
You can get that excitement back. You can be the guitarist you always dreamed of being. Perhaps some restructuring is needed. We set goals in everything else we do.
Set Your Goals
Have you set specific goals for what you want to achieve with your guitar playing? Do you want to play in a band or perhaps you have the dream of being a professional guitarist. Write your goals down. Make them specific.
Get Good Instruction
Do you have a teacher or are you trying to teach yourself? Is your teacher the right person to help you achieve your goals? If not, find another teacher either in person or online.
If you’re trying to teach yourself, is it working or is the slower progress draining your motivation? If so, find a teacher. If it’s too difficult you will lose your motivation and quit.
Remember that becoming a great guitarist takes time and perseverance. It doesn’t happen overnight. I saw a little four-year-old play a classical piece on the piano. He had a natural talent for music, but he also played 3-4 hours per day, not because his parents made him, but because he wanted it so bad.
Do you want to play guitar bad enough to put in the time necessary to learn the craft? You can do it. No, you might not have 3-4 hours per day to practice, but with an effective practice method and consistency, you can do it.
Read this article to develop the perseverance you need to become a great guitar player.
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