Posted Sep 21, 2009 11:45 AM
Woah, that's one long title! Anyways, I feel it's important to cover these aspects so you can progress faster as a player. One thing that can really hinder a player's progress is viewing things in a way that slows down your progress. Another thing to add is that these views are basically "accepted" universally as the way to go. Below are 5 statements which if viewed correctly can increase your progress on your instrument, and in fact anything else in life.
Statement #1 - Practicing for longer makes me a better player.
This may be true, but only if done correctly. Most people think that the most effective way to practice is to cover more ground in one sitting. Instead of doing that, try focusing on one technique, song, style etc. However, practicing the same thing for a long time is B-O-R-I-N-G. But, here is one fact that will change everything: you don't need to practice for very long! If you've been practicing for 6 hrs a day, try slowing it to 1.5 to 2 hours a day. If that's still to long for you, remember, resting helps so once you each a certain milestone in your practice session, goof off for a bit. Get a soda and watch wrestling.
Statement #2 - I *beep* suck! I'll never get better!
Shame on you! If that's your attitude, how are you supposed to get any better! We all hit a plateau once and a while and I find that by doing something radically different for a bit, we can come back to the plateau ready to climb the mountain. For example, if you're learning to sweep pick and you're stuck on a certain tempo, do something that guarantees that you will sound and play great. Try playing the first song you've ever learnt. You will hopefully see that we all get better, we just don't notice it. Another thing is to let go of your inhibitions. Do something different. Climb a mountain, go to McDonald's and instead of ordering a Big Mac, just get a donut and coffee. Little changes + a lot of changes for a short period of time = new mindsets that you can bring back to your instrument.
Statement #3 - I sound too much like ____
If you find yourself sounding too much like a player or style, listen to other music. Heck, even listen to another instrument. Ted Nugent even said that the saxophone really influenced his playing.
Statement #4 - I've achieved what I want. Goodbye guitar.
If you feel you've achieved all your guitar goals, don't throw it away. If there is something in your life besides guitar that you love, take aspects of your admiration for ___ and apply it to the guitar. Hopefully, it will conjure up new goals and aspirations for you.
Statement #5 - I really need this new gear!
Remember that gear does not equate to a great guitarist. In fact the best guitarists are those who can take some of the worst guitars ever and make them play like a dream. EVH, for example plays his Charvel "frankenstrat". In my opinion, the frankenstrat is horrible to look at but when Eddie Van Halen wields it, he makes the most incredible solos!
Hopefully, this article will change your mindset on things...Byee!