Can YOU Really Become a Great Guitar Player?
by Tom Hess
Becoming a great guitar player is about: knowing the right things to do and having the discipline to get it done. Knowing what to do to improve your guitar playing is quite easy. Getting it done is not always so simple.
This video shows how simple it really is to make rapid progress in your guitar playing (using a guitar technique example):
The hardest part is getting yourself to take the right actions that move you towards your goals.
Let me tell you a little story:
Playing guitar did not come easy to me when I was younger. I didn't possess any natural talent. I entered music college 4 years after finishing high school. I was an average student in high school and was very afraid of not doing well in college.
I spoke to my music theory professor about my fear of not doing well in music classes and falling behind other students. His reply stunned me. He said: "Most music students never actually get their music degrees. Some fail the music classes. Others drop out and change their major to something easier. Less than 25% of students in this class will graduate with a music degree."
He continued: "The best music students are not always the best musicians or the most intelligent people. They have a strong desire to master their instrument and the solid work ethic to back it up. These people virtually always make it."
Intense desire for musical greatness is more than a wish. It’s an all-consuming obsession that drives your choices and actions.
This video shows how burning desire makes you a better guitarist fast:
It's been years now since I finished college. I've reached the big musical goals I set for myself back then. I've also helped hundreds of ordinary people become extraordinary guitar players. Those who reached their musical goals the fastest were convinced about their massive musical potential.
Fact: we are all born with equal potential for musical greatness. This includes YOU! The difference between great guitarists and everyone else is the amount of musical potential they converted into actual musical skills. You can do the same. You have potential to achieve far more than what you have achieved so far.
To turn your musical potential into great guitar playing, you must:
Obtain the right tools to reach your musical goals fast and learn how to apply them. (This is where a great guitar teacher comes in!)
- Implement the tools that make you a great guitar player fast. (This is where your desire and work ethic come in!).
Your Guitar Playing Potential:
Your guitar playing potential is virtually unlimited. However, potential alone won’t make you a great guitarist.
These guitar playing success principles help you reach musical greatness:
Guitar Playing Success Principle 1: Don't try to learn guitar on your own.
Don’t learn guitar with random free lessons online. Your guitar playing improves much faster when you follow a strategy tailored to your musical goals and skill level.
This guitar playing test tells you if you are on the right track to reaching your musical goals.
Guitar Playing Success Principle 2: Find the best guitar teacher for you.
Guitar teachers are NOT created equal. Every guitar teacher has different credentials, levels of experience and amount of proof of how good they are. Proof is critical. You want to study with a teacher who has helped many students become great guitar players. Expect and demand the best results from the investment of your time and money.
Disclaimer: You may know that I teach guitar lessons online and that I help lots and lots of people become great guitar players. Therefore, you might assume that my words are an attempt to get you to take guitar lessons with me. If you think this, you are half right. I do want to help guitar players like yourself become great musicians. However, the idea of finding the best guitar teacher possible helps you whether or not you learn guitar with me. :)
Guitar Playing Success Principle 3: Take responsibility for your own musical progress.
A great guitar teacher lays out the path towards your musical goals…but YOU must walk it. You are responsible for your musical progress, nobody else is. You must hold yourself accountable for practicing, observing your results and refining your guitar practice methods. Tracking your musical progress makes this easy.
Guitar Playing Success Principle 4: Get out of your own way.
Stop blaming your lack of progress on:
Size and shape of your fingers
Your natural talent
The amount of time you have to practice
- …other irrelevant factors
Your age or finger length do NOT affect your musical progress . Your beliefs, choices and actions do. Focus on your goals and do what is required to reach them.
Guitar Playing Success Principle 5: Join a community of like-minded guitar players.
Being around other serious musicians inspires and motivates you to reach your goals faster.
Important: such a community only helps you, when its members are:
Supportive and encouraging (to each other and to you)
Committed to their own musical greatness
Knowledgeable about guitar playing and music
- Mature and respectful
Hint: Private, members-only forums are far more likely to have committed and serious guitar players than public online forums.
Implement these principles to reach your guitar playing greatness.
This guitar playing test tells you how close you are to reaching your musical goals.
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