#1
Like the title says, I have no motivation to play guitar. Whenever I pick my guitar up, I just play some simple song parts, and that's it. I bought my first guitar back in June of 2010 and I've almost learned nothing at all. I already have some books and a DVD to learn how to play, but I just ignore them. Or sometimes whenever I do have motivation, I just get frustrated.

Tl;dr, I have no motivation to learn guitar and I need some tips.

Also sorry if this is in the wrong section.
Last edited by Visforviagra at Jun 1, 2011,
#2
Not to be rude, but why do you play then?
Playing an instrument is not for everyone, you should do what you want to do.
If you have no motivation to play guitar, maybe you should either quit or take a break, or even consider why you started in the first place - Maybe you'll find some motivation there.
#3
Because I've always wanted to learn it. I loved listening to solos and riffs, so I just wanted to play them.
#4
Quote by Visforviagra
Because I've always wanted to learn it. I loved listening to solos and riffs, so I just wanted to play them.


There you go!

Now go and learn those solos and riffs!

Cycling through all the same stuff gets boring, learn something new.
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Quote by Visforviagra
Because I've always wanted to learn it. I loved listening to solos and riffs, so I just wanted to play them.

surely thats your motivation then?

Stop been lazy and get playing!
#7
Learn your favorite solos, rhythms, songs...What kind of music do you like?
Play your favorite music. Learn. Watch concerts of your favorite guitarist. Learn something new every day!
#8
Quote by Visforviagra
Like the title says, I have no motivation to play guitar. Whenever I pick my guitar up, I just play some simple song parts, and that's it. I bought my first guitar back in June of 2010 and I've almost learned nothing at all. I already have some books and a DVD to learn how to play, but I just ignore them. Or sometimes whenever I do have motivation, I just get frustrated.

Tl;dr, I have no motivation to learn guitar and I need some tips.

Also sorry if this is in the wrong section.

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#9
Quote by Visforviagra
Like the title says, I have no motivation to play guitar. Whenever I pick my guitar up, I just play some simple song parts, and that's it. I bought my first guitar back in June of 2010 and I've almost learned nothing at all. I already have some books and a DVD to learn how to play, but I just ignore them. Or sometimes whenever I do have motivation, I just get frustrated.

Tl;dr, I have no motivation to learn guitar and I need some tips.

Also sorry if this is in the wrong section.


First of all hello, iam new to the community and happy to be a part of it.

Regarding motivation,



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    #10
    I've found that the first few weeks of learning guitar makes you want to die, because you have an instrument in your hands, yet you can't make any form of music other than chords and whatnot.

    I say push past that, and then you'll start to see the fruits of your labour. It's worth it.

    Edit: Try to pick up lessons. I've found that having a teacher to guide you helps you get down a technique faster.

    If anything, the prospect of disappointing your teacher because you haven't practiced should get you moving.
    Last edited by triface at Jun 1, 2011,
    #11
    You were inspired to play right? well im sure most of us was and continue to be. listen to some of your favorite music the stuff that inspired you to want to do it in the first place and fantasize about being ****ing awsome keep doing it till it makes u want to pick it up. listen to it and say to yourself im guna F**KIN do this. i will not quit maby try use the frustration of not being able to play drive you. sounds harsh i spose but it works for me.

    cmon man we cant always go through life ignoring the things were inspired to do. you gota drag ur self kicking and screaming if neccersery. ive pretty much spent my life up till last year or so doing just that. dont let it be another thing youl regret not doing while u had the chance. im 26 now if thats any corrolation


    hope thats helpfull and appolagies for my language
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    #12
    Good guitar playing = getting laid....what else do you need? Seriously though it can be really frustrating at first, and i mean even the first few years. It really has to be something you want or you will not have the patience to put in the time to really learn.
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    #13
    i have no motivation either, but its not a problem for me. it's a case of SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP :P honestly i just force myself to play. and it pays off when you pick up the guitar next month and can see vast improvement. cause ultimately you know, this is what you have to do to become a better player.

    and most of the time it isnt fun at all. going through technical exercises repetitively with no musical meaning, memorizing scales, chords, loads of boring music theory. BORING! yet essential.
    #14
    Every time I start getting burned out I go see a band, or watch a live concert DVD... Seeing a good performance always makes me want to play.
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    #15
    Well, the first step is to get the desire goin', which you seem to have. Then, find a buddy or guitar teacher to play with you. I play on worship team, and it's just enough to keep me accountable and not have too much pressure. When you start rollin' the riffs and leads, the feeling will become addicting real quick. Just get someone to play with!
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    #16
    Quote by triface
    I've found that the first few weeks of learning guitar makes you want to die, because you have an instrument in your hands, yet you can't make any form of music other than chords and whatnot.

    I say push past that, and then you'll start to see the fruits of your labour. It's worth it.

    Edit: Try to pick up lessons. I've found that having a teacher to guide you helps you get down a technique faster.

    If anything, the prospect of disappointing your teacher because you haven't practiced should get you moving.

    Agreed!

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    #17
    It can be a frustrating experience. I have two suggestions for getting motivated and seeing results immediately.

    1. Check out Marty Schwartz on youtube.com. He has quite a few youtube videos on how to play your favorite riffs from popular songs and bands and he teaches in a way that anyone can learn.

    2. Purchase a copy of Guitar Pro. Then you can download the interactive guitar pro tabs from ultimate-guitar.com and play them on your PC. It is much easier to learn a song from tab when your pc plays it for you, and you can slow it down, speed it up, etc.

    Hope this helps.
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    #18
    Quote by jpatan
    Every time I start getting burned out I go see a band, or watch a live concert DVD... Seeing a good performance always makes me want to play.

    Agreed, get out and see some bands (bands you like) it always motivates me when im suck in a rut. I also find it is well worth saving the money and investing the time into finding a guitar you absoutely love and will not want to put down.
    #19
    Quote by vennaco
    Join a band or find someone to jam with, motivation problem solved


    Seriously, this works like a charm. I often jam with a friend of mine and we are thinking of starting a band, but thanks to him I managed to take this first hurdle you're stuck at right now. Look around mate, surely there are other players around you.

    Cheers
    #20
    You can do just about anything if you really put your mind to it. I still get that feeling too, so I just FORCE myself to not put it down when I pick it up.

    Honestly, it is very cliche, but if you focus enough, you WILL; 100% guaranteed; learn it. No one is born with skill. All 100% of people (Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Kurt Cobain) have been in your exact spot. What would've happened if they quit... but they didn't.

    You could be a rockstar if you wanted to. Anyone could be. Its the people who believe they can WILL do it. You simply have to believe in yourself.
    #21
    Probably quit, if you aren't motivated to do it, there is no point to do what you don't want to do.

    I'm not trying to be a dick btw. Just saying that you should do things that bring joy to your life, not things that don't.


    or do what everyone else said especially band even if its messing around.
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    #22
    I have been seriously playing for a few months and I find my motivation in a few different places. I have a couple of guitar teachers that I follow, one is Marty Schwartz and the other is Jen Trani, who you may not be familiar with. Marty is one of the most popular guitar teachers on Youtube. He is a very good instructor, especially for beginners. He makes playing fun . Jen has a gig on Mahalo.com where she does instructional videos of popular songs. She also has a Facebook page where her enthusiastic followers interact with each other.

    Learning guitar can be a frustrating experience because it can take a long time to get good. Also, make sure you have the right guitar for you. Playing an instrument that does not work for you can make the learning process more frustrating. I recently picked up a Seagull S6 Original and it enables me to do things that I could never do on my Epi DR 100.
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    #23
    Well motivation is probably some of the hardest thing about music.
    I mean, why would you like to learn music?
    Everyone has a reason
    Me, for example, I like to feel like I am good at something, better at it than most people. I study guitar in a music school with around a hundred students however I've found that most of the students go to classes around 1 year, and then they give up and new ones come. Of the awful lot of students, there are just around 10 that can really play something good, including me.
    My point is that there is no better feeling than being better than someone else at something, and you can use that as a motivation.
    Another example would be to start a band with another guitarist and prove that you are better than him, but that would be for someone who actually has some ability.
    #24
    Quote by cris9310

    My point is that there is no better feeling than being better than someone else at something, and you can use that as a motivation.
    Another example would be to start a band with another guitarist and prove that you are better than him, but that would be for someone who actually has some ability.

    I understand what you're trying to say, and that can be used as motivation, but don't forget that playing music isn't a competition.
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    #25
    Learn songs you like. Jam on them really hard and headbang as you play along with the song. Close your eyes, jump onto your bed, sing really high pitched and pretend you are a rock star. Make sure you have your door locked so no one can walk in and ruin the intimate moment between you and your guitar (you are making love to music its a fact.)

    Basically, if you are setting a high goal for yourself and it is burning you out musically just trying to learn it, then learn something easy that sounds appealing to you. and then just jam on it and feel good about yourself that you can play it.
    #26
    Practice practice practice practice practice, try and learn one or two of your face songs all the way through, slowly at first! While learning theses songs try n learn a few simple riffs and chord sequences to spice it up a bit and keep the buzz up and your enthusiasm strong.
    Other wise u will have to wait till there is a pill developed to make you an axe god overnight.
    Sorry dude it takes perseverance passion and PRACTICE

    Good luck dude
    #27
    make up your own exercises and be sure that they correlate to the skill(s) that you want to develop,
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    #28
    Guitar should be played for the love of the instrument! perhaps guitar is not the instrument for you...

    ..but if it is, learn what you want to learn, i know starting out if tuff-stuff but eventually you will get it... songs you want to learn will hopefully give you the motivation needed. if not look into getting a tutor, someone who can help you learn and kick your ass into gear!!!! :P
    #29
    Because you've made practice boring in the name of what someone else told you was the 'right' way to practice. Be your own man and do it your own way, even if it takes longer. You'll be happier with the results every step of the way.
    #30
    set SMART Goals:
    Specific - ex. one riff from a song
    Measurable - ex. being able to play that riff along with the cd
    Attainable - ex. that riff is at a level within reach (in terms of skills)
    Relevant - ex. obviously pick a guitar riff you like.
    Timely - ex. play this riff within a month of practicing it.

    this will help you see your own progress, and in that, you'll find motivation.
    #31
    Well, why you bother learning it in the first place? I just started playing, so I totally know how you feel... It's a bit discouraging at first, when my left hand is all stiff and I kept on hitting the wrong strings. I'm still a beginner, but it felt so great to get something right once in a while.

    Try listening to a lot of rock music. That's how I kept my motivation up, because I know if I kept practicing, in a year or two, I could probably play something like that
    #32
    You're pretty much screwed kid, cause if you don't play honestly at least a few hours a day, you won't be doing any solos for a LOOOOOOOOOOONG while. And I mean years, probably decades.
    #33
    Just gotta listen to new music or something that gets you pumped up. Find new motivation to play. Picture yourself playing live and getting babes haha.

    But ultimately if it's not enjoyable then don't play. Nobodys forcing you and you'll just end up being frustrated.
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    #34
    Well, how I motivate myself is that I think , "If I can learn this song, imagine what will be the outcome- girls, money, skill or just bragging rights"

    Just imagine, then turn that imagination into reality. Then you wait for the outcome. (Hopefully).
    #35
    Quote by binaryclock
    2. Purchase a copy of Guitar Pro. Then you can download the interactive guitar pro tabs from ultimate-guitar.com and play them on your PC. It is much easier to learn a song from tab when your pc plays it for you, and you can slow it down, speed it up, etc.

    TuxGuitar, same thing but free. That's legal isn't it? But yeah.

    Get lessons. A teacher can teach you the right stuff to help you improve, and having homework just to "drill" over and over makes it much easier to convince yourself to play.
    #36
    Motivation is made easier via youtube; go youtube some musicians that make you want to play. I recommend Tommy Emmanuel and Paul Gilbert; their songs and lessons (or others, depends on the person). After watching those, you wanna just sit down and learn that stuff.
    #37
    Quote by Visforviagra
    Like the title says, I have no motivation to play guitar. Whenever I pick my guitar up, I just play some simple song parts, and that's it. I bought my first guitar back in June of 2010 and I've almost learned nothing at all. I already have some books and a DVD to learn how to play, but I just ignore them. Or sometimes whenever I do have motivation, I just get frustrated.

    Tl;dr, I have no motivation to learn guitar and I need some tips.

    Also sorry if this is in the wrong section.


    This

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    I listen to it if and when I get frustrated
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