Top Editorials |
Popular Content |
Article Directory |
Submit Articles |
:: Arts / Entertainment
Guitar Practice Tips - Obliterate Your Frustration By Thinking Long-Term
I've noticed from my guitar teaching experience that many guitarists often feel immense frustration when it comes to their electric guitar playing
. And while there are many potential reasons for this frustration, a very common one is having a short-term mindset. What I mean by this is that they are putting too much pressure on themselves to progress quickly. They want to get good, and they want to get good yesterday!
On the surface wanting to progress faster and faster may seem like a positive thing. (And there is certainly nothing wrong with being ambitious!). But unfortunately for many guitarists this all-consuming focus on their speed of progress can cause quite a few problems such as...
So what's the answer?
- --A shallow level of learning. In their rush to get good they don't take the time to learn things properly. And this means they will often learn something only to forget it soon afterwards.
- --Unrealistic expectations. Often guitarists underestimate how long something will take to master. They expect themselves to be able to do something by a certain date...and if they can't they feel bad about themselves. And this can often affect their self-esteem and make them feel like they don't "have what it takes" to play guitar to a high-level. Which of course is complete rubbish...they just haven't given themselves enough time to learn the material properly.
- --Skipping the basics. Because these guitarists want to get extremely good in a very short timeframe, they will often not absorb the basics before moving onto harder material. Instead they just skip to the hard stuff hoping that it won't matter that they can't even do the basics properly yet!
- --Unable to learn from others effectively. As a guitar teacher, I find it virtually impossible to help someone who has a short-term mindset. Guitarists who have this mindset often have totally unrealistic expectations about electric guitar lessons. They often believe that just starting guitar lessons will magically transform them into a great player. This is a bit like starting to take Spanish lessons, and expecting to speak Spanish after a few lessons!
I believe that the answer is to develop a very long-term mindset. This means to cultivate the following...
- --A willingness for things to take a long time. I'm not saying to expect things to take a long time...I'm saying to be prepared to practice something for as long as it takes to master. In other words, just keep patiently working until you have mastered it. Who cares how long it takes?
- --Become very process-oriented. Learn to focus more on the quality of your practice and the enjoyment you get from your practice sessions rather than constantly worrying about your speed of progress. At the end of the day, you can't really control your speed of progress...but you can certainly control the quality of your practice. You can also control the enjoyment derived from your guitar practice. If you focus on learning things well you'll reach your goals eventually. And you'll reach them in a way that doesn't put too much pressure on yourself. So this will make the learning process much more enjoyable. (It's not much fun constantly beating yourself up just because you don't feel that you're progressing fast enough!).
A really interesting thing that I've observed over the years is that the more I focus on having a long-term mindset, the faster I progress, and the more I enjoy myself. And I've also noticed that the times that I put a lot of pressure on myself to get good quickly, the slower I progress, and the less I enjoy myself. Food for thought isn't it?
Total Views: 433 | Approx word count : 687 | 05/23/2010
MarketersDomination Related Articles
Alternate Picking Licks - How You Can Master Them Sooner!
By: Craig Bassett
Let's face it. There is something very cool about the sound of guitar licks played with alternate picking. I particularly love the sound of shredders like Paul Gilbert and Michael Angelo Batio racing through some monster alternate picking li...
Photoshop Learned from Tutorials
Photoshop is the best photo editing software on the market. While it can be tough to learn how to Photoshop, it is well worth it at the end of the day. Like anything else, it is best to learn how to Photoshop by watching someone else use the program...
Playing the Guitar for Fun.
By: Rick Fretboard
You are a better guitar player today!
When would you like to become a good guitar player? Will it be in two months, seven months, or how about three hundred and sixty four days?
Which songs will you have learned in that time frame? ...
Las Vegas Live Christian Music Events
By: Richard Jamison
Las Vegas Christian Music
Some call it Sin City, others view it as a mecca for gambling, neon lights and drinking. It may seem difficult to believe that in the entertainment capital of the world, Christian concerts are a popular form of entertainm...
What Are The Best Guitar Picks For Fast Alternate Picking?
By: Craig Bassett
If you're new to alternate picking then you might be asking yourself what's the best pick to use to alternate pick fast. Well, it's definitely not an easy question to answer. It's a bit like asking what car is best for driving fast. (There are pl...
Article Marketing | Article Directory | Article Spinning | Content Syndication | Article Distribution
All Rights Reserved.
All other copyrights belong to their respective owners. Internet Marketing Forum