How You Can Make Massive Progress With Your Guitar Playing
Do you think someone can learn to play the guitar if they are not talented?
How would you define talent?
Where do you think it comes from?
Where Do Brilliant Musicians Come From?
You will never find a brilliant guitarist who has not put in thousands of hours of playing and practising to get to where they are. Playing the guitar is a learnable skill that anyone can achieve. What people perceive as talent has always come from hours of hard work, which has produced that brilliance. Often, people who brush off trying new things by stating that they are not talented enough are subconsciously making excuses for not wanting to put in the time to achieve things themselves.
There are three components that come together to create brilliance and massive results with any skill. These are practise, ignition, and a master coach. In this article, we are going to focus on what practising guitar truly is and how it contributes to achieving massive results on the guitar.
Are you “Playing” guitar or “Practising” guitar?
What is the difference?
Let us imagine for a second that you are a professional tightrope walker. You are pretty good, and you perform every night for a small circus in front of half-terrified, half-excited audience members. To keep your job at the circus, you must not make any big mistakes while performing. You have big dreams about being a world-renowned circus performer, but you know deep down that you are not good enough yet.
Playing Guitar Without A Safety Net
You know that you have to get better at your tightrope act. And you need to perform more daring stunts to further your career, but how can you do this?
You start putting in more time, going to the circus early and practising on your tightrope walk with just the net to catch you if you fall. However, you have a problem; whenever you try anything too difficult, you fall off the 50-foot high tightrope and land in the netting. You are not making enough progress fast enough because every time you fall off. It takes you a long time to climb back up to the 50-foot ladder to try the same stunt again.
You do not know what to do, so you seek out expert advice. Then you find out that the fastest way for you to make progress is to go back to basics. You are told to set up a tightrope in your garden, two feet above the ground and start focusing intensely on your weaknesses to make improvements. With the rope being so close to the ground. Every time you fall, you just jump right back on the rope to try the same stunt again! No time wasted, and more repetition of the same stunt until you perfect it.
What is it like practising properly?
As a guitarist, performing, recording, or jamming is like the performance of the tightrope walker in front of an audience. You sound good when you are playing things with which you are comfortable. To keep looking good and sounding good, you do not want to make any big mistakes while performing. Instead, you want to ignore your weaknesses and focus on your strengths to look and sound good. This experience is called “playing the guitar”.
“Practising the guitar” is when you need to identify what challenges you need to work on. Then focusing on those challenges intensely and in minute detail. When you are practising the guitar, you have a different mindset. Just like the work of the tightrope walker, you are going to focus on your weaknesses and eliminate them.
Weakness in your playing are the biggest things holding you back. You should be looking at very short passages and bursts of music to increase repetition of practising these challenges. This strategy is like setting your tightrope very close to the ground so that you get lots of repeated practise at the same stunt over and over again until you get it right.
Are You Playing Guitar At The Right Level?
To judge if you are working at the right level of complexity, you should look at how many mistakes you are making. You will know that you are working on the right things if you are playing it correctly two out of five times. That means that three out of five times you are making mistakes! This moment is a sweet spot where you are striving to grow and failing as you go.
How can you identify which challenges you should be working on?
The following exercise will blow out all of the cobwebs that were previously making you unsure of what to do when you practice.
- What do you want to achieve in guitar playing over the next 90 days?
- Write down your answer.
- What are the top three things holding you back from achieving that goal right now?
- Write down your answers.
- What is the solution for these three things?
- Write down your answers.
- Put this piece of paper on the wall in front of where you practice and get to work on it right away.
Start working towards your goal every day.
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If you would like help reaching these goals or if you are struggling to work out what the solutions should be for your challenges, we can help you by diagnosing your problems and putting a plan together along with the appropriate exercises to solve them. Contact us today for your free introductory lesson.