Learning To Play Guitar: Practice For Success
Learning a new skill can be exciting, fun and rewarding. It can also be challenging and at times overwhelming. Learning to play guitar is no different. Any new skill requires you to familiarize yourself with the content and lingo, be ready and willing to learn, and above all allow adequate time for practice. This may sound way to basic but that is why a lot of aspiring guitarists never reach their full potential. Practicing is something so basic that it often gets overlooked causing negative results while learning to play guitar. Coming up with excuses of why you’re too busy to practice only hinders your ability as a guitar player.
Think about how a baby learns to walk and talk. Its from practice. We don’t call it practicing when an infant first stands on their wobbly legs until they fall on their butt, or begin forming sounds that will ultimately lead to talking, but the fact that the child never stops practicing leads to walking and talking. In this example the guitar is very similar. If your a beginner you must allow yourself to take the “baby steps” of learning the parts of the guitar, musical notation (or TABS guitar) to read your music and of course…practice, practice, practice.
If you feel like I’m laboring the point lets look at this from a different perspective. Have you ever known anyone who tried learning something new and failed? This could be any musical instrument or class or foreign language. Anything that was new to that person. I’m sure we all know a few piano class drop outs or foreign language flops. We all also know people who have tried a new skill and even if it took them awhile, they saw it through to the end and accomplished their goal. If you did a study of people who accomplish their goals and those that don’t you’ll always find that the ones who practiced religously were the most successful.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand we’re all busy. Times are busier now than ever, I completely understand that it’s not always easy to make time to practice. If your serious about the learning to play guitar I think you’ll find that shaving off a little leisure time from daily activities can afford you the time to practice. If you cut out 15 minutes of tv and 15 minutes speaking with friends on the phone you just earned yourself a half hour of practice time. If you can shave off even more tv time, phone time, computer time, etc., you can fairly easily free up your schedule for guitar practice. The more you practice, the more you help your inner musician.
Learning to play guitar can seem a lot more difficult and involved than it has to be. As long as you realize your new at the guitar and allow yourself to make mistakes in the learning process and set up practice times throughout the week (at least two times a week) you’ll be on your way to rocking out it no time. As soon as your practices become few and far between your hindering your own progress. Take those baby steps and don’t beat yourself up if you fall down a few times (or even a lot). You must crawl before you can walk when learning to play guitar.
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