Many lose this fire early on. They struggle to play chords, they struggle to play basic melodies and the guitar is in general, uncomfortable to play.
They see their guitar hero's or other players playing seamlessly and they become disappointed. The Beginner, begins to slide down farther and farther until they get stuck in a pit of frustration and sadness. They begin to doubt whether they can play the guitar.
Some even begin to scream at their guitar or bite their hands out of sheer frustration. I did!
First, you need to realize that this frustration is natural. Every beginner goes through this phase. In fact, even the players you admire have gone through these phases.
This frustration causes most beginner guitar players to quit after the first six months. I'm not trying to intimidate you, just giving you the facts. Let's look at why the beginner's quit in more detail.
1) These beginners get intimidated by the physical difficulties of learning guitarGuitar is one of the most physically demanding instruments. Beginners who take lessons or try to teach themselves assume they're going to be doing all the easy work first. This assumption couldn't be more wrong.
The problem with this train of thought, lies in the students past learning experiences. When we go through the educational system as children what do we start off learning? We learn the alphabet, the days of the week and the name of the months. All this really basic material. Then as we graduate from each grade level, the material we learn gets more difficult. We learn how to add, subtract and multiple then we move up to algebra, calculus and so on.
Beginner guitar students falsely assume that everything is going to be easy in the beginning. When a beginner starts to struggle, all these false assumptions and thoughts go through their head. They think, this is the beginning, the easy part. I can't handle this and it's only going to get harder.
Guitar is NOT like the standard educational system. Guitar becomes easier and easier the more you practice and the more you play.
As a beginner, you need to realize that the guitar is never going to get harder to play then it is right NOW. Today you may struggle, tomorrow you will struggle a little less, the next day it will get even easier. If you can make it past that 6 month barrier, it's going to get a lot easier!
2) Beginners make the deadly mistake of comparing themselves to their heroesMany beginners are inspired to learn guitar by other artists or musicians. This can be beneficial to their growth because it gives them a goal to reach towards. However, it can also be very detrimental to their ability to progress as a guitar player. Beginner guitar players are very impressionable. This can really damage their resolve, especially when they begin to struggle.
The more a beginner struggles and the more they idolize certain players, the harder it will be for them to make progress. When they struggle, they compare themselves to the guitar players they look up to and come up with the assumption that they must have some god given talent. Their struggling so much right now, that they can't imagine playing on that persons level and they quickly stick this person on some god like pedestal.
Putting someone on a god like pedestal of unattainable skill is instantly limiting your own potential. A human can never reach the level of a god. So if you stick someone on the level of a god, then you will never reach them.
You need to realize that all players even the players you worship were beginners once. They are human and they struggled just as much as you in the beginning.
3) The final mistake many beginners make is trying to teach themselvesThe majority of beginner guitar students who quit within the first 6 months are self-taught. Some people just can't afford a teacher. In fact, I taught myself out of a book for the first 8 months because as a high school student with a minimum wage paying job, I couldn't afford weekly lessons.
After those 8 months went by, I didn't know where to go, I hadn't made all that much progress and was overwhelmed. I went and found a teacher and I benefited enormously.
My progress skyrocketed, I was able to keep up with many of my friends who had already been playing for years. I could relax and learn, instead of wondering if what I was working on was helping me improve. After a while, I became addicted to the progress I was making and couldn't stop practicing.
With a teacher you can gain all the same benefits I received.
So remember, it only gets easier. You can accomplish your goals and with some guidance, your dreams can become a reality. The beginning is hard, but endure and you will develop a skill you can carry with you for the rest of your life.
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