Why Do People Struggle to Improve Their Guitar Playing
We are going to discuss some of the reasons why people do not improve at the guitar, some of the most common reasons that I have seen from students who have come to me for help or people that I have met. Watch out and see if these apply to you so that you can avoid them in the future.
Not Persistent Enough with Their Guitar Playing
The biggest reason I see why people are not improving is that they are not persistent enough. You have to keep going, and when you hit a barrier, you have to be persistent enough to get past it.
You need to find a way around it and to solve it, which means getting the right information and finding a professional to help you. Unless you do not like the guitar, there is no reason to stop. Just keep at it. If you love the guitar, you need to be persistent and going on even when it is tough.
Keep Playing the Same Things
People keep playing the same old stuff—they practise the same thing all the time, especially people who have been playing for a while. When people “practise”, they will play the same old thing that they are used to. This idea might mean different things to different people; some play the same songs, some people do the same exercises. Some people might play and jam with themselves to backing tracks. Doing the same thing is just playing and not challenging yourself.
Only Learning Songs
We have found many people who, when they learn the guitar, only learn individual songs. When you only learn songs, you do learn some things because you are learning the songs themselves. However, what is more important is how those songs are put together, the fundamental aspects of them, the skills that link all those songs together. You are not really studying those aspects. Rather, you are just copying and not creating.
It is like when you are writing a speech; instead of learning how to write your own speech and understand how the language and structure are put together to make a great speech, you just copy someone else’s great speech.
That strategy does not make you a great guitar player, and definitely not quickly. There are some benefits to learning songs, but there are many more things that you need to learn.
Get Too Content with Your Guitar Playing
It might be that at one point, you were really pushing yourself and learning. However, people sometimes get too happy with where they are and get out of the cycle of learning. It is great to have milestones and reach goals, but you also need to set new ones and get excited about reaching those. When you get too content, years can go by, and you do not get any better, which is because you are happy with where you are at, and you do not see a reason to apply yourself anymore.
Do Not Know How to Improve and Do Not Have the Right Information for Their Situation
People do not know how to improve and do not have the right information for their situation. I see many people just finding exercises online or from books. However, these exercises are not specific for the players and for where they are at, which is similar to learning some songs. Because these resources are not whole plans or strategies, they do not help the players very much.
Not Getting a Guitar Teacher
You would be surprised the amount of professional guitar players who have a teacher and a coach to train them and teach them guitar. However, you would probably not be surprised by the number of beginner guitar players who believe they do not need a teacher. This belief is a big fallacy. There are also people who think they are too good or do not think anyone can help them. With that attitude, you will struggle for a teacher who can help you.
You want to find someone who does know how to help you, and someone who can help you put it all together. The reality is that you do not know what you do not know. Many people are so unaware of what else is out there and the amazing things that will help them progress so much faster. Not wanting to seek out professional is holding many people back.
Lack of Belief
People often lack the belief that they can become the guitar player they want to be. This mindset is common. Many people believe that talent is an innate thing, and that is why they cannot play. There are no babies who come out the womb playing the guitar. Zero. It is all learnt; it is all skill. However, there are different ways those skills put together from different aspects of life experiences. It is important that you understand the need to believe that you can do it. Only then can you work out how. You need to believe you can first, and the how comes afterwards.
People Hold Themselves Back
Some people hold themselves back because they are scared how much work it will be to learn how to play. However, if you really love the guitar, no amount of work is too much to do something you truly love. If it is important enough that you want to play the guitar for the rest of your life, then you are going to continue to gain skills, work on them, and develop your playing over time.
If it is one of those things where you just want to try it for a couple of weeks, then I would not bother; it is not worth it. However, if you want to give it some more time and keep going even when it gets tough, and you absolutely love music, then do it. Playing the guitar is so much fun. It will bring you a tonne of joy and happiness.
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