Going it alone with learning the guitar is rewarding, saves you the money you’d otherwise spend on a teacher and permits you to train at your personalized pace.
As long as you can stay centered that is. Not all of us have the self discipline to follow a do it yourself course all the way through and may even be better off going to an instructor who sees our advancement each week and holds us on track.
I for sure find it tough enough hence I’ve come up with 3 sure fire ways to maintain that momentum and stay motivated. They work well for me and if you want to learn to play guitar and keep some money in your pocket then read on:
1. Commit yourself timescales and deadlines to study to. For instance order yourself that you aim to be able to play that song all the way through, or the main verse, or the chorus, or that solo by the close of the week. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t fulfill the deadline but still give yourself a reason to practice a certain amount every day until this goal is met – then go onto another.
2. Practice your scales, arpeggios, chord progressions and exercises first then play the song you’re on after followed by some messing about. It can get boring doing those all important exercises and very inviting to simply skip them and move onto the fun part. Address them like the green veggies you never wanted to eat up as a kid but had to if you wanted some of that good sweet afterwards.
3. Follow your guitar heroes on video websites like Youtube, get day-to-day inspiration and as well observe the song you’re working on being played. It can get lonely and demoralising when you’re grooming your skills so watch your guitar idols and remember that they were where you are today and got to where they are by continuing on.
These 3 methods are what keep me focused and building up my guitar skills when I could quite well just stop practicing those tiresome scales and go and do something more fun. A plan and some direction will get you through the trying times and see you performing like a pro possibly even quicker than if you had paid out for a teacher.
Keep your eye on the prize, set realistic goals, remain inspired and you will get there.