Sunday, September 23, 2012

What's your 5 year guitar plan?

You can become an amazing guitar player in 5 years if you have a plan. The odds are you have no 5 year plan for your guitar. Once we have clarity about where we want to be in 5 years from now we are more likely to take the right action today. Students without a 5 year plan are more likely to become impatient. For example if you decide to learn guitar your motivation might be to play a handful of your current favorite songs. If you start learning guitar just to learn those songs you are likely to spend all your practice time working on those songs. The problem is you need to develop a solid foundation before learning most songs. Your skills are just not ready to be learning most songs so you are likely to get frustrated and give up. Secondly the songs you like now are likely to change. In 5 years do you really only want to be playing a handful of songs that you will very likely be tired of anyway? Wouldn't you rather possess the skills to learn new songs quickly? With the later in mind you will mostly work on skill development today and the songs will come when you have the skills. You are also going to focus on the skills that matter most to you. What you do today should count toward your 5 year goal not your 5 week goal.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Online guitar lessons are here

We now live in a time where guitar lessons will take a radical shift. Up until the last few years learning with a guitar teacher online was impossible. The technology required for a fast clear connection via webcam is only now coming online. In the next few years we will see a big leap forward in quality which means learning guitar online with a teacher will equal the experience we get when sitting in the same room. The difference is the online experience will offer convenience and choice. You will be able to find your ideal teacher anywhere in the world. Of course there will still be advantages to a local teacher such as networking you with other students and the local music scene but what I see is a combination. I see it like school where students can have a few different teachers who will teach them different subjects. E.g. A chord specialist or a shred specialist or a jazz master and so on. We are about to enter a very exciting time so I hope you are ready. It would be great to hear your thoughts on the subject too.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Focus on doing quality practice and the progress will come.

The whole purpose of learning guitar is to progress but the irony is that the more we focus on progress the more frustrated we often become. There is actually a very good reason for this. We don't really have control over progress. We hear all the time that we can achieve this or that if we put in the effort or have the faith. Now while it is true that putting in the effort is the only way to progress on guitar there is no guarantee that effort alone will produce a result. This is why we become frustrated and disappointed. We may even be making progress but perhaps it's too slow or not what we were hoping for. So what is the solution? Focus on what you can control and what you can control is the quality and quantity of your practice. When we focus our attention in this way each practice session in itself feels rewarding. You should of course track your progress but just don't get hung up on it. Focus on effort which you can control now rather than results which take time and are somewhat unpredictable.

Written by David Hart