Every successful Rock guitarist had to have the motivation to get a guitar!
Every Rock guitar hero was once a beginner. What do you and all these great legendary Rock guitarists have in common? There are several things, but let’s start with motivation. Every successful Rock guitarist had to have the motivation to get a guitar!
So, how do we get motivated to learn an instrument? I asked a lot of my students why they wanted to learn the guitar. I also read many interviews of famous musicians. It seems that there is one thing they all have in common. They all had a key moment in their lives, that made them want to start learning the guitar. Usually it involves listening to a specific artist, band, or song.
Listening to music can create very strong emotions in us. For some of us music becomes so important, that we have no other choice but to learn the guitar. If you have a strong motivation and the desire to learn the guitar, you already have one of the key traits to succeed! You have motivation. It is the most important thing to get started.
Seeing Results will give us proof that we can actually do this!
Ok, so it’s easy for most people to get motivated about something. But how do you stay motivated? A problem that many of us face is that motivation can disappear as fast as it appears. How can we stay motivated to follow through and learn the instrument? The best way to re-enforce the initial motivation is to get fast results. Seeing results will give us proof that we can actually do this!
Learning a song can be a good result. For a complete beginner this can take weeks or even months depending on the song he/she wants to learn. A beginner should be able to see a good result after 1-2 weeks at the latest. This is very important as the motivation to learn something new doesn’t last forever.
The result you can achieve in 1-2 weeks depends on your current skill level. It also depends on the time you have available to practice. A good result could be an easy song, or it could be something much simpler, such as playing three notes perfectly. Your result should be impressive enough to you, so that you can set new goals and keep on practicing.