5 Reasons Why You Lack Motivation To Practice Guitar

Are you feeling less motivation to practice guitar lately? Fortunately, you are not the only guitarist who goes through this. Every guitar player (regardless of skill level or experience) struggles at one time or another when learning how to practice guitar effectively.

To help you overcome this problem and learn to practice guitar more effectively here are 5 of the most common reasons why guitar players struggle with their practicing.

Reason #1: Not knowing what to practice on guitar.

Most guitar players are unsure about ‘what’ to practice and make the mistake of working on way too many things at once (most of which are totally unnecessary). This is usually done with good intentions out of high enthusiasm for playing guitar, however this approach leads to overwhelm from having too much material to cover in your guitar practice sessions. If you don’t know exactly what you should practice on guitar, it’s hard to find the motivation needed to practice guitar effectively.

Reason #2: Not having an effective guitar practice schedule.

Most guitar players don’t know how to create an effective practice schedule. One of the most common mistakes guitarists make when creating a practice schedule is attempting to “equally” divide their total available practice time among the items they plan to practice. Guitar players who practice guitar in this way end up “over” practicing some items and “under” practicing others.

Another typical problem that guitar players run into when practicing  is ignoring the things they “need” to practice to reach their specific goals.  their musical skills are often severely out of balance and their weak areas hold back their ability to apply the skills that are already well developed.

Take this test about creating guitar practice schedules to give you insight on the areas where you need work in creating your practice schedule.

Reason #3: Not enjoying the process of practicing guitar.

Contrary to popular belief, practicing guitar is NOT boring ‘busy work’. If you think about your guitar practice sessions with this negative mindset, then you have a fundamental misunderstanding of what practicing guitar is all about. You will be able to maintain high levels of motivation to play and practice your instrument when you learn to achieve consistent results from your guitar practice efforts. To do this, you need to not only design your practice schedules to be highly effective but you also must know how to have fun in the process of reaching your musical goals. Over time, you will start to see your guitar playing challenges as ‘opportunities’ for you to enjoy the process of learning how to get better at guitar.


Reason #4: Not seeing the big picture.

Fact is, it takes a long time to get really good at guitar. If you want to become a great guitar player, you will first need to understand your own musical goals. After you are clear on what you want to achieve on guitar, you will need to design your guitar practice sessions as stepping stones to reaching the goals that you have set. Imagine each guitar practice session as a piece of the puzzle that ultimately makes up the big picture of your musical dreams. The more you understand what the big picture of your guitar playing goals looks like, the easier it will be to design the practice schedules that will help you make that vision into reality and the easier it will be to find the motivation needed to practice guitar effectively.

Reason #5: Not having perseverance due to expectation of instant results.

Big results will not happen overnight. Unfortunately for most guitarists, if they don’t see instant (or at least very fast) results, then they will quickly abandon one guitar practice method in search of something else.  Jumping from one guitar practice approach to the next is similar to starting to watch 10 different movies and stopping a few minutes into each one before you can understand what the movie is about. When you practice guitar, you must give time for any method to start working for you before you can intelligently evaluate its effectiveness.

What should you do now?

By now, you should have a clearer idea about why you struggle to consistently find motivation to practice guitar. Analyze your guitar practicing efforts to determine if any of the problems listed above apply to you and begin to implement the suggested solutions in your future guitar practice sessions. Although the list above is not an exhaustive collection of all the problems you may run into in the process of developing your musical skills, if you apply the suggestions given in this article you will start to experience faster results from your guitar practicing and you will begin to enjoy the process much more along the way.

If you are looking for help in creating a practice schedule, check out this online practice generator that will create schedules for you based on your skills and goals.  Be sure to take the test about creating guitar practice schedules.