Learning how to play an instrument is not that much different to learning how to do anything else. You don’t need a tremendous amount of talent, skill and ability. You do need proper motivation and an excellent teacher if you want to learn how to play correctly.
The biggest misconception about learning music is that children learn much faster than adults.
This is simply not true. Children tend to pick things up reasonably quickly, but remember they have no external stress in their lives. Most children are not concerned about making money, paying bills, investing money, looking after their family, booking a holiday and planning for the future.
Children are simply occupied with the task at hand. (It is actually a brilliant idea to imitate their behaviour instead of fretting about the future!)
The constant overload of information makes learning more difficult as an adult.
It’s not at all impossible to learn successfully, but proper motivation is needed, and that’s the job of your guitar teacher!
The Pareto Principle states that 80% of all your best results come from 20% of your efforts.
In learning music, I believe that 80% of your success comes from your state of mind.
Being motivated to take action and learn specific passages, fingerings or intricate compositions will make you understand the seemingly impossible much faster than anything else.
Without motivation, many people give up trying to learn how to play an instrument, or they stop as soon as they hit a brick wall.