Which type of guitarist are you while practicing?

“The hardcore partier”…

“The stay-at-home studier”…

“The realist”…

Unsure?

Let me explain...

Over the years I’ve come up with three (silly) terms.

They describe the different types of practice people do and they each have unique qualities.

Once you know what they are… you can understand how to use them to your advantage.

I realise these terms are very vague…

So let me clarify what they mean.


“The hardcore partier”

The 3 types of guitar player

Wants to have fun all the time…

When they pick up the guitar they play the same stuff day in day out.

Going through the parts of songs they can play…

Doing the same old chords they can make sound good…

Strumming the same old patterns...

And in the moment it feels good.

It’s fun to be able to sit down and play…

But the problem is eventually they get bored of only doing what sounds good right now.

Why?

Because they realise that they're not getting any better.

So let's look at the second type...


“The stay-at-home studier.”

The 3 types of guitar player

This is the opposite of "the hardcore partier".

Taking every moment they can to practice their skills, but never doing anything for fun.

They get caught up working on skills…

Difficult chord changes…

Practicing new strumming patterns…

Doing things that push them all the time.

Here’s the funny thing…

Sooner or later this person also looks back on everything and they realise they’ve spent too much time working…

And not enough time playing.

They wish they had spent a little bit more time having some fun…

Playing what they know they can make sound good for enjoyment.

Now we get onto…


“The Realist”

The 3 types of guitar player

They understand that work has to be done but they’re also able to sit down and have some fun.

They’ll often work on things that push them…

Practicing tricky chord changes, learning new songs etc.

But they'll also take the time to enjoy playing.

Having fun and enjoying doing things they can make sound good.

So those are the three people...

But here’s the real question...


Which guitar player is the “right” one to be?

The answer is…

They’re all good for different reasons.

Let me explain.

At some point people get frustrated when they don't see improvement.

Maybe they spend too much time playing...

Maybe they're practicing... but still aren't improving.

It's at this point they seek a teacher.

But now we can get a new problem…

The teacher will try and take this kind of person and try to turn them into someone who practices all the time.

Never sitting down and having fun with the guitar...

Here’s the reality…

Each of these types comes with a special gift.

They can all be useful depending on how you’re feeling.

When I’m teaching my students

I don’t push them into one type of the other.

I realise that enjoyment playing the guitar is the most important thing…

But I also know that practice helps people get better.

Some days, you’ll want to pick up the guitar and have some fun playing…

Other times you’ll want to spend time practicing…

Then there will be days when you’ll do a bit of both.

The fact is… you never want to “force yourself” to do practice just because you “should”.

We want to try and keep guitar fun…

And sometimes that can mean sitting down and spending some time playing.

The best approach is to try and notice what kind of mood you’re in for the day.

So, I guess the real answer to my question…

“Which type of guitarist are you?”

It can be any of them.

Darryl “no longer just a hardcore partier” Powis

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