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If you are struggling playing guitar the way you want, if you are frustrated with your progress and if you lack believe that you really can do it, this article might help you to find the causes to this problems.
Many people who start playing guitar have wrong expectations of how long it will take them to reach their musical goals. Especially adult beginners expect that they are able to play their favorite songs fluently after a couple of lessons.
The truth is, that even if you are practicing a lot, learning guitar is a process ad you should plan to take lessons for at least half a year to be able to play even some easier songs fluently on guitar.
If you are like that and wonder why you can't play like your favorite guitar player right away, stay patient and remember that they themselves had to practice many years to get to the level that they are now.
Don't attempt to become a good guitar player in just two weeks, it won't work. Instead do a little bit of practice every day for an extended amount of time and you will eventually get there. The results are absolutely worth it!
If you are already playing for a decent amount of time and still struggling to play well, you might disagree that all it takes to become good at playing guitar is patients and continuous effort. While it is true that you have to put in patients and effort to become good at guitar, your statement is absolutely on target.
When you are struggling to get anywhere close to your goals after a lot of practice, what you are most probably lacking is a plan to get there. This happens mot often to people who try to learn guitar by themselves. When you learn guitar on your own, you don't know what it takes to get where you want to be and you have to guess what you need to learn in which order to make it happen.
This is the same as being in a dessert and trying to figure out the direction of the next city. All that you can do is guess where to go and you most probably will run in circles and loose orientation if you don't have a map and a compass to guide you. In a dessert this can cause you death, in playing guitar it can cause you to eventually give up because it becomes so frustrating.
What you need to make progress into the right direction, is a guitar teacher who knows a map of what steps you have to go through in which order and who always keeps an eye on the compass, for that you are staying on the path he laid out for you.
This one is closely related to expecting immediate results and not getting them. If you make the wrong assumption, that you lack natural talent to reach your goals, you are setting yourself up for failure.
If you constantly reinforce in your mind - with every struggle you face - that you are not talented enough to be a good guitar player, you will eventually believe it and it will become impossible for you to break through barriers you are facing, because you have told yourself that you can't do it and therefore you won't take the action to make it happen.
So, do you need talent to become a good guitar player? To make it short: No! If you see guitar players who play really well, don't assume that they were born with their skills. No one ever became good on playing guitar by accident. Being a good guitar player takes a lot of different skills, which have to be learned by EVERYONE. No one is just born with them.
Yes it is true that for some people it is easier to learn certain skills than for others. Some people have very good ears, others have a very good feeling for rhythm by nature, but it is worth nothing if they don't put in a lot of work to develop them and especially all the other skills that they are not talented in, but are necessary to become a great guitar player.
Everyone is struggling at times to learn guitar, even the most talented musician has faced challenges which he had to overcome. Needing natural talent is a damaging myth that will prevent you from moving forward.
What you should do now is to believe in yourself that you can do it, because you absolutely can do it if you put in the work and to find guidance from someone who is where you want to be AND who is able to plan the path for you to get there.
The author of this article is Marco von Baumbach, a guitar teacher at Gitarrenunterricht in Wuppertal which is based in Wuppertal, Germany. Feel free to check out his website!
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