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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Monty Zukowski said...

Do you have any examples of reasonable 5 year guitar goals? I'm just starting with your lessons but I have no idea what a five year plan would even look like.

David Hart said...

Hi Monty and thank you for your comment. The G4 Guitar Method sets out what would call a 1 to 2 year plan for adults and a 2 to 3 year plan for kids. Take a look at the checklists and you will see what is expected allowing 6 to 9 months for each checklist to be completed. For a 5 year plan it would be more personalised. You can achieve extraordinary things in 5 years but it depends on how disciplined you are. The best approach is to fill in the Ultimate Song List with 25 songs you would hope to one day be able to play. Your teacher should then be able to give you a rough idea of a timeline. For example Stairway to Heaven for a beginner would take around 2 years on average based on 30 mins of daily practice. Hope that helps.