Perseverance - It Will Make Or Break Your Guitar Playing
By Tom Hess
Your guitar playing potential is virtually unlimited… but most guitar players never fully achieve their potential. Those who fall short usually lack one trait that all great guitar players possess: perseverance.
Perseverance is key to solving all your guitar playing challenges. It helps you think through problems in your guitar playing and keep trying new solutions until the right one is found.
Watch how perseverance helps you solve your guitar playing problems:
To have more perseverance, you must:
Understand that becoming a great guitar player takes time and effort. Guitarists who expect instant results do not become great musicians.
- Be certain that your guitar practice efforts are moving you towards your goals. This keeps you from becoming frustrated even when your goals take longer to reach than you would like.
These tips help you persevere through the process of becoming a great guitar player:
Guitar Playing Tip #1: Learn How To Practice Guitar Effectively To Get Big Results.
Perseverance is a result of confidence in your ability to learn to play guitar the way you want. This confidence is developed from practicing guitar effectively and seeing consistent results in your guitar playing. You must learn how to practice guitar the right way to:
Solve your guitar playing problems that keep you stuck.
- Develop skills needed to reach your musical goals.
This guitar technique guide shows you how to make your guitar practice very effective and literally double your guitar speed in the process.
Guitar Playing Tip #2: Make Your Guitar Practice Fun.
Your guitar practice becomes more fun when you:
Practice In A Geometric Way Rather Than A Linear Way. There are many skills that go into reaching you musical goals. You must identify what they are and rotate your guitar practice focus among them each week.
Do not wait until you fully master one skill before moving on to the next skill. This keeps you from become bored and makes you a better guitarist faster.
Practice Integrating Your Guitar Skills Together - your musical skills matter very little in isolation. Your ability to integrate your skills together fluently means everything. Take any guitar technique exercise, music theory concept or element of ear training and find a way to integrate it in music.
This keeps your brain engaged in the process and helps you enjoy guitar practice.
Guitar Playing Tip #3: Track Your Musical Progress.
Persevering becomes easy when you see objective proof of your musical results. Tracking your improvement gives you a precise picture of your guitar playing strengths and weaknesses. This allows you to:
Make the right adjustments in your guitar practice. These adjustments eliminate weaknesses that hold you back from playing guitar the way you want.
Feel in control of your guitar playing. You know exactly what skills hold you back form reaching your musical goals. Most guitarists do not have this clarity and practice guitar at random. This makes it easy to become frustrated and give up before your goals are reached.
Guitar Playing Tip #4: Get Inspiration From Non-Musical Success Stories.
Sports give many great non-musical examples of perseverance. Think about Michael Jordan - the great basketball star. Jordan wasn't even good enough to make it on his local high school basketball team! Most people would have given up after such a disappointment and believed that there is no point in trying again next year.
This was not how Jordan thought about his situation. He worked extremely hard every day and asked the coach to teach him, even though he was not a member of the team. The next year, Michael made the team and went on to eventually become one of the world's greatest athletes of all time.
Lesson for you: learn from high achievers in all areas of life and apply the lessons from their success stories into your guitar playing.
Guitar Playing Tip #5: Surround Yourself With People Who Have The Same Goals As You.
You become a better guitarist faster when you are around like-minded, passionate and motivated musicians who are working hard to reach their musical goals.
This environment makes you more motivated to improve your skills and persevere through the process of reaching your goals.
Note: it’s best if your guitar playing peer group are at a much higher level than you. This makes you more motivated to reach their level faster.
Guitar Playing Tip #6: Get Feedback On Your Guitar Playing From An Expert Guitar Teacher.
Expert feedback on your playing helps you identify problems you cannot spot yourself and improve your musical skills much faster than you could on your own.
This is one of many reasons why a great guitar teacher helps you reach your musical goals faster.
Guitar Playing Tip #7: Visualize Your Guitar Playing Success In Advance.
See yourself playing guitar the way you want in your mind’s eye. Visualize yourself already having reached your goals. Make the picture as vivid as possible and go through the visualization process on a daily basis.
This reinforces your reasons for playing and practicing guitar and helps you persevere through the process of becoming an awesome musician.
This free guitar technique eGuide makes your guitar practice more effective and helps you master guitar in less time.
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