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 your guitar in your hands. It was your guitar. You 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?
Do You Remember Your First Guitar?
You might not have been this young, yet, you might have been. You just couldn’t wait to get your hand on a guitar.
I remember mine. At 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 badly 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?
Are You Losing Your Motivation?
You stand in the road at the edge of town, with your guitar slung over your shoulder, imagining your arrival in Nashville, the next great guitar star. Your dream since you first saw Chris Stapleton in concert.
But…you seem to be losing your motivation to practice, but don’t know what to do about it. You practice the lessons you are given, but you’re not getting any better. You are beginning to wonder if you’ll ever realize your dream.
Don’t Give Up! It’s never too late!
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, why not set them for guitar practice.
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.
Are You Getting 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 are trying to teach yourself, is it working or is the slower progress draining your motivation? If so, find a teacher or good online video lessons. If it’s too difficult you will lose your motivation and quit.
Remember that becoming a great musician 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 be a musician 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.
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