Are you feeling that learning guitar is just not your thing? You feel frustrated; and you feel that you are not progressing, nor you will ever progress. Well, you are not the first to feel this way, and you are certainly not the last.
We have some good news: this is just a phase.
Yep, you read that right. What you are “feeling” is not your true feelings, if that makes sense. What you are experiencing is just a normal phase that every beginner goes through during the early days. This means that it will pass. You only have to survive through it.
Staying consistent with playing the guitar is, indeed, difficult. It always starts with, ” I’m going to start playing the guitar, and I will become a legendary guitarist!” Two weeks forward, the poor piece of wood is deserted and will spend the rest of its life in the basement’s corner.
Unsurprisingly, this is the case with most beginners. If every one were to be consistent, the word ‘consistent’ itself wouldn’t exist. We would have been the best version of ourselves, and the story ends there.
However, we have some tips for you that might help you stay on track.
Tip #1: Stop daydreaming about becoming a “legendary guitarist”.
No, really. Stop it. You won’t make a single progress at this rate ( probably only in your daydreams ). You can have a vision of who you want to become, but daydreaming is a whole different story.
Daydreaming is hoping for something to happen. In other words, it’s just a wish. Benjamin Franklin said: Those who live hoping will die fasting. Got the meaning? It means that you will not achieve anything with hope, as in it’s a waste of time.
A vision, on the hand, is different. It’s a goal you are aiming towards. You can have a vision of who you want to become, but, at the same time, you are working to become that person. A vision is what motivates you to keep going. To put it simply, don’t live your dream in your mind. Sure, what’s easier than laying down on a coach and diving into the fantasy world? But the moment you make a habit out of it, you will feel like achieving this dream is pretty much pointless. So snap out of it and go play on the real thing.
Tip #2: Get a good guitar.
Did you check if your guitar is actually a guitar? Choosing a guitar is the first crucial step to begin your playing journey. You want to make sure that your guitar is properly set for playing. Even if you are a beginner, playing with a toy guitar is different from playing with a real instrument. You don’t need anything fancy, either. A guitar with proper intonation, action, and sound quality will do the job.
If you are not sure what to choose, this list may be of some help.
Tip #3: Keep a slow pace.
It’s understandable that you want to get a good grasp of the instrument quickly, but it’s not really the right way to go. And you probably won’t be able to do it.
Don’t bombard yourself with 5 chords, 10 techniques, and 15 songs to learn in one week. If anything, all your efforts will be counterproductive, and you will end up hopeless and burnt out. As the saying goes, haste makes waste.
Just go slowly. By maintaining a slow pace, you will have more time to get a good grip of what you are doing. You won’t feel pressured, and, thus, you will learn more effectively. In my opinion, the best way for a beginner to practice is by setting a timer.
For instance, let’s say you are trying to practice barre chords, so you goo ahead and set around 5-10 minutes focusing JUST on that. Specialized practice, or practice that concentrates on just one activity, is the best way fol you to improve quickly and efficiently. It’s common to see a beginner trying to play a barre chord one minute, a scale another minute, and then switch back to the barre chord again. It does nothing but messes your brain up.
Tip #4: Set goals.
You don’t want to go into everything blindfolded, so set your goals. Having an aim to reach for is the motivating force that will keep you going.
Let’s say that you want to learn the A-major chord, so your goal might look something like this: ” I want to learn the A-major chord by [insert the date here], and I will practice for [insert the number of hours/minutes here] everyday.”
Write it down on a piece of paper and read it aloud before every practice session. Read it silently if you feel like it’s too awkward. As long as you do it, you’re set.
You may have seen it somewhere, but often times, you see guitar players hanging posters of their favorite guitarists on their walls. This is another way of keeping yourself motivated to keep playing. The posters act as a source of inspiration.
If you happen to have a guitarist that you particularly favor, why don’t you hang a poster of him/her in your room? It’s not a bad idea, after all.
Don’t forget to keep us up to date with your progress!