Calluses on your fingertips, back or arm aches, belief that you don’t have a sense of rhythm and timing, and exhausted memory – these are a few of what you can experience at the beginning of your quest in playing the guitar. It’s indeed a tough task to be introduced into a thing that you have never experienced before. The amount of patience required is very high. During the first attempts of playing the guitar, you won’t be able to produce sounds that were as great as those produced by renowned guitarists; the sounds you create may be very lousy and irritating and it may defy your expectations. What’s worse is that your fingers will hurt. You might as well get a lot of reprimands from your guitar teacher for not catching up with the lessons. It may take a great amount of time and guitar lessons before you can excellently play your favorite song or music piece with the guitar.
In taking guitar lessons, you might not get easily what you’ve expected. You are being taught a lot of things – finger exercises, different types of strumming and plucking, songs or music pieces that are out of your interest – which you might think that they are just getting in your way of being able to play the guitar the way you’d want to. You think that all of your wonderful expectations about learning guitar are just mere illusions. But it’s not true. You just need a never-ending amount of patience and motivation so that your wonderful expectations are proven right. But where can you get this patience and motivation?
Beginning and continuing are tough in the process of learning a skill; in this case, playing the guitar. These are the times when demotivation, discouragement and stress are at high degrees. Usually, the reason why one aspires to play the guitar well is just to have a new hobby and skill; there are no other bigger reasons. Because of this, when one starts to encounter sacrifices that need to be done in order to achieve progress in the guitar lesson, one easily gives up. Money, time and efforts that were already spent are wasted. And the skill of really playing the guitar is not learned.
A good reason is the best source of patience and motivation in times of facing hardships in the quest of learning guitar. It’s the one that can fuel you to practice every day. Now, ask yourself. Why do I want to learn how to be a good guitarist? Why did I pick up the guitar in the first place? It’s important to find a good reason as you continue to study and practice playing the guitar. How? An essential thing to do is to make some research about the guitar. Ask your friends. Ask the web. Understand it as an instrument – its capabilities, its characteristics, the things that it has already contributed to the lives of other people. Find out why, of all musical instruments, it’s the one you want to learn. What are its characteristics that you find unique and most likeable? Then think of the special things that can only be done if you learned how to play it well. Is it really significant for you to be able to accomplish these things? If yes, they can be good reasons for continuing your musical study. Find out how the guitar can fill your and other people’s musical soul. Always find the joy in practicing and performing – like a child who is always excited for something new along the way. These will give you continuous motivation and strength while you are taking the difficult, yet fun path of learning and playing the guitar.