Learning to play the guitar is wonderful.
It is an exciting new journey full of adventure when you are just starting out.
Once you have played the guitar for a little while, it can then at times become challenging.
As human beings we thrive upon a new product, a new idea, a new movie… The word ‘new’ has an amazing appeal and we love anything that is NEW!
The problem is, that when we first start learning the guitar, the whole process is new and wonderful but in time new will become old.
Therefore, learning to play the guitar requires dedication and persistence beyond the initial honeymoon period of NEW!
Time and again in my guitar studio in central London I see human behaviour and psychology at work.
Most students behave in the same way… the first 3 months is exciting, then gradually learning becomes more of a chore and less fun.
The truth is, learning to play the guitar does not always need to be 100% fun.
Fun is obviously important, but there is a time for serious study and serious study requires persistence and the ability to at times do things we do not really like.
Of course, overall playing and practicing guitar should be fun, but you also need solid discipline to keep going when things get a little tough!
Let’s say you set out to learn a Metallica guitar solo note-for-note.
The first few months of learning the solo is fun and an overall pleasant experience.
By the fourth month things get pretty difficult.
That is when most people give up.
The secret is then to persist and continue practicing the solo especially the difficult bits until you really master each concept within the solo.
Take for example sweep picking.
You may be terrible at sweep picking right now, but with dedication and practice, you can increase your sweep picking abilities!
Therefore it is essential that you cultivate the habit of continual perseverance and persistence!
When you keep improving a little bit each day, it will all add up to a big change over a period of a year!