Tips And Advices. Part 1 - The Key To Success

The key to success is inspiration. If you keep yourself inspired and motivated, and avoid getting burned out and discouraged, you'll keep learning. There will be no end to it. This might seem obvious, but it is often misunderstood.

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The key to success is inspiration. If you keep yourself inspired and motivated, and avoid getting burned out and discouraged, you'll keep learning. There will be no end to it. This might seem obvious, but it is often misunderstood. Years ago, someone said to me, "I wish I had your discipline, to sit there and practice so much. I'd love to be able to play guitar like that, but I just don't have that kind of discipline." I was surprised, because I didn't see it in terms of discipline. I wasn't forcing myself to practice. There wasn't anything else I wanted to do more at those particular times. So it was enthusiasm coming from inspiration that drove me. It was the carrot, and not the stick. And I'll guarantee you, inspiration will beat discipline hands down, every time. Inspiration is the great motivator. The real question, then, is "What inspires you?" Maybe the answer to that question is so obvious to you that you don't even have to think about it. Great! Then skip right ahead to the summary, at the end of this section, and be done with it. If you're curious, though, and want to delve a little deeper here, read on What is it that inspires us? Certainly, music figures in here. That is the point of it all, I think. But it's not the only motivator. Another big source of inspiration is seeing our own improvement: playing better, faster, more accurate, and so forth. And there are others. The sound of the guitar itself can motivate. Or maybe we crave to be on stage, in front of others. Maybe it's how being a guitarist and musician makes us feel about ourselves: gives us an identity we like. Maybe we want to be famous. Maybe it helps us guys pick up chicks. Or maybe it's just the general the way we feel it makes others view us. Maybe it's all of these things. There are no "right" or "wrong" answers. Just think about it for a moment, and see what resonates within you. What is it that is really important to you? What is it that drives you? Why do you want to play guitar, anyway? Thinking about this will help you make the right choices for yourself, to stay motivated and eventually get where you want to be. What you should practice? How you should practice? Should you go to a music school? Or should you form a band? Different actions produce different results. The right actions for you are the ones that will produce the results that will satisfy your particular desires, whatever they are. This is also important to think about because sometimes we can get buried in the day-to-day things and forget about where we are headed. We bump along, basically following what we think we want, and what we think we must do to get it. And then one day we wake up and realize that we may have lost our motivation, or a good part of it anyway, and we aren't sure why. Well, in a nutshell, we lose our motivation when we get too far away from what it is that really excites us in the first place. And we fall prey to discouragement when what we really want, doesn't seem to be within our reach. In addition, we may change and our inspirations change, too. So once in a while, we have to re-assess. It isn't terribly difficult to get back on track, really. It's just a matter of asking yourself the right questions. It is this theme or philosophy which basically runs throughout all the answers and advice that follow. It is all about helping you stay motivated, helping you avoid losing your motivation, or helping you recover lost motivation. Because I know that if you keep up your enthusiasm, you'll eventually get where you want to be. You'll move consistently and steadily toward all your goals: in guitar playing as well as in life in general. And you'll enjoy the process, to boot! Bottom Line: Think about what motivates and inspires you. Then you'll make better choices to stay motivated and go further. The two main sources of motivation for us guitarists are perhaps first, the music itself, and second, seeing improvement in our technique. Whatever it is, though, find what inspires you and use it for all it's worth. This is the foundation of everything. It bears on every question and threads its way into every answer. What should you practice, for example? You should practice those things that inspire you most, of course!

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    wattaf_ck
    when you loose inspiration the best thing to do is to step in front of your amp, put it in 10 full gain up (hope it`s not a 15w amp, it wont work), low you 6th to D (at least) and strum it as hard as you can!!! THAT WILL MOTIVATE YOU !! OR WHAT HUH
    Deadlygrasp
    Im not gonna lie, I feel like a complete and total piece of shit that isnt special in any way, and sucks at everything I do. but I will surely keep this in mind. thanks man.
    Epaetbo
    All I ever wanted in music: emotion. So many bands on the radio, 3 chords and a pre-pubescent idiot screaming into a microphone with a drummer who sounds like he has permanent brain damage, that I've lost faith in modern music nearly entirely. So I strive to give myself what I want in music. When I listen to Tim Reynolds or Jimmy Page, I don't hear notes, I hear their spirit and emotion. That's what music should be.
    Zep_shizzle
    Led Zeppelin inspired me most of all though the one song that will stop me from giving up is over the hills and far away now as long as i listen to that song ill keep trying to learn
    Spacetoad
    This is a great article. It's inspiring and deep, yet down to Earth at the same time. I started keeping a journal of things that inspire me and the like before I finished reading it. Then I tuned up and practiced. Thank you.
    1LostGuitarist
    This is the very thing I needed to get back on track. I feel very discouraged when I look at my guitar because I feel as if I'll never get any better. I would ask myself "why is it that I can't do anything more than when I started". You made me remember why I decided to play the guitar. I feel inspired once again. Even though this has been posted up 4 years ago, I feel as if this will be here to help us all forever. Thank you for your inspirational words.
    strat7993
    im motivated by 2 reasons 1. ac/dc (angus and sg) 2.im OBSESSED with music i love it so much i had to play it so i started presidents day and havent gotten good but im a lil bit better so tips would be awesome or if there are any good lessens recomend them to me plz
    aedmiston
    aha wrote: man i want to learn the guitar and play well but i just could not learn it....i do not know where to start....i should be in music school...but wat abt those hu just sit in front on the com expecting to learn something?
    some of us sit in front of the computer and actually do learn something
    kain361
    words of wisdom indeed, I like long compositions the longer the better and of course instrumental. Heh Im into metalcore as a consumer, but playing a guitar gives me something more... heres a little bit of example, I play guitar everyday /almost/ and not less than 2 or 3 hours in constant speed with several breakdowns. For me it doesnt matter what is it that i play...
    jakebass93
    i dont even play guitar i play bass and i fined your post to be very helpfull and very true so thanks for posting
    Tyler_Taco94
    At First Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, And Pink Floyd Inspired Me And They Still Do But After Awhile Its Not The Same Then I Got Into Rush, Pearl Jam, And Grateful Dead And The Inspiration Came Back Along With Noticing How Many Songs I Used To Be Able To Play Compared To How Many I Know Now And How Long I Could Play A Song. Bottom Line Is Expose Yourself To Different Music And Notice How Your Coming Along On Guitar And Give Yourself A Pat On The Back
    Sergosh
    I think you've done great job writing this article and other lessons too
    Gwar sux dck
    My motivation? To one day compose, discover, the perfect symphony of guitar. It's just out there waiting for a talented guitarist to find it one day.
    Patchy13
    I think what inspires me are my best friends who play the guitar. And also when Muse, in parcticularly Matt Bellamy when he plays the guitar, he plays it so uniquely and amazingly.
    Patchy13
    Sorry for double posting, but uh, your article was very inspiring to those who need inspiration. It gives a spark and helps people dig into what they want to learn or not. =3
    DrewH
    this article inspired me ive never looked at the whole picture like that before. great article man
    ZaM ZaM RoCkeRz
    This is a really inspiring advice... Well, I'm motivated whenever I listen to Rock and Metal music... I felt determined to play the guitar like them (Rock/Metal Guitarist)... Thanks for the advice... I'll keep reminding myself on what really inspire me... : \m/ Rock On \m/
    FaultySanity
    My inspiration is AC/DC Esspecially Angus young... I dont have much other inpiration as guitars go, hehe...
    Aegil
    you just gotta enjoy yourself, if it aint fun, your not gonna stick. if ya mates play get together and mess about, its funner and helps you develop your guitar playing
    aha
    man i want to learn the guitar and play well but i just could not learn it....i do not know where to start....i should be in music school...but wat abt those hu just sit in front on the com expecting to learn something?
    FretBoardFryer
    I'm new here, but I like this site alot. And as for the comment about metallica being crap, no they aren't. They ***ing rock. They are icons dude, and blues are ok. Hello All!
    jjbeggs
    sometimes we can get buried in the day-to-day things and forget about where we are headed. We bump along, basically following what we think we want, and what we think we must do to get it. And then one day we wake up and realize that we may have lost our motivation, or a good part of it anyway, and we aren?t sure why.
    beaituful man!
    the_krahe
    Good advice.. the only hard thing about playing guitar is to stick with it every day and not getting frustrated..it takes no special skill, only time. I know many people that have been playing for a year and can only play a few parts of 1 or 2 songs. --- And whoever is arguing about bands... there is no good or bad music. That's one of the dumbest things i've ever heard.
    fallinsuburbia
    GuitarAngelme wrote: the_krahe is rite- u cant get frustrated. me, my motive is that i love the sound of it and i want 2 b famous with my frend who also has a guitar. tip: get acoustic cuz the strings are nylon (not as painful to press on) and they dont hurt so bad. well, i hav onli learned the d cord so far. i've onli played my guitar once and my fingers are numb. somebody help! gah. ill just keep trying. Dont be discouraged. i remember when i was learning i only knew my C and my Cm7 chord and i was confused. but it will get better. just practice every day until you dont feel like practicing anymore.
    GuitarAngelme
    the_krahe is rite- u cant get frustrated. me, my motive is that i love the sound of it and i want 2 b famous with my frend who also has a guitar. tip: get acoustic cuz the strings are nylon (not as painful to press on) and they dont hurt so bad. well, i hav onli learned the d cord so far. i've onli played my guitar once and my fingers are numb. somebody help! gah. ill just keep trying.
    chunkychewie
    Every time I hear Yngwie Malmsteen play or watch Micheal Angelo play Speed Kills, I am inspired.