In learning to play music you can learn lots of things that you can apply to other areas of your life that have nothing to do with music or instruments, such as your job, other hobbies, sports, or anything else you just want to get better at.
In playing the guitar or any instrument for that matter, repetition is king. Starting slowly at first, through repetition we can slowly build up speed. The bottom line is, that it takes a lot of tries to get really good at something. We can apply this to easily to other things like sports, art, or even card tricks. It make take thousands of times doing it but if you use the proper technique and keep at it you will eventually be able to master it.
Economize Your Time
One thing you will have learned if you are any good at playing, is to economize. Even though little extra movement may seem trivial, it is definitely not. The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. You can easily apply this, to make you more productive in your job or even in work around the house.
It’s Not Always The Naturally Talented Who Succeed
I‘m not naturally musically talented. When I first began to play the guitar, it was very frustrating for me to see one of my friends pick up an instrument, and after a little bit play a lick that took me hours to play clearly. He like a lot of other people, whom I considered musically talented didn't have the drive to succeed. Pretty soon, he was on to something else. I on the other hand continued to practice and stuck with it. So it seems that, having the drive to succeed is a gift all by itself
You Have To Believe
After I had been playing guitar for a few years I remember going into Sam Ash Music and seeing some young kid playing stuff on guitar that I couldn’t even imagine myself playing. It made me just want to give up playing then and there, but it also gave me inspiration. There’s no way he could have been playing for that long, so why couldn't I. It was then that I realized I was ever going to be a good player I had to put in my full effort. In the beginning, after I had realized how difficult and time consuming it was to developing a decent amount of skill on guitar, I had given up on ever being a good player. Well, I’m still working on it, but licks like that kid was playing no longer seem difficult to me. The bottom line is this, and it may sound cheesy, but you got to believe in yourself in order to succeed at a skill, no matter what it may be.
There’s Never Enough Time
Lots of people whom I knew who played guitar, also played other instruments or had other hobbies that took up their time. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I think time is better spent trying to master just a few skills than just being just average at many. You can also spend a lot of time on stuff that doesn't teach you anything, like T.V. etc., of course, there is something to be said for doing stuff you enjoy, but it may be at the expense of a skill that we want to improve upon. There is not enough time in life to master every instrument or hobby, especially when most of us will never be professional musicians. We need to prioritize our time wisely, so that we spend our time on what is important to us, even if it means we have to give up other things that are not as important.
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