Every guitar player at every level, beginner, intermediate, advanced and everything in between has asked themselves this question- “Do I have what it takes to be a great guitar player?” Some think that you have to be born with the talent. I’m here to tell you that’s false. In actuality, it comes down to a few very simple things- potential, tools and desire. WE ALL possess massive amounts of potential. All we need to do is obtain the right tools, learn how to apply them and have the desire and work ethic to make it happen.
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There are a few rules you need to follow that will help you succeed in becoming the guitar player that you desire to be.
Rule number 1: Don’t try to learn on your own. Don’t try to learn solely by looking for free tab on the internet. If that was all it took to be a great guitar player, the world would be full of rock stars. There are some great online resources such as GuitarJamz, GuitarTricks and JamPlay but if possible couple these sites with a good teacher to maximize your guitar education.
Rule number 2: Second only to ‘Fear’, procrastination is your worst enemy in achieving your guitar playing goals. Stop saying “some day” and start doing.
Rule number 3: Be honest with yourself. Don’t tell yourself that you are really going to put in the time and effort to learn to play the guitar if you really know deep down that you won’t. If and when you decide to invest in yourself and commit to reaching your guitar playing goals then see it all the way through until your goals are reached. Stay focused and motivated!
Rule number 4: Becoming a great guitar player is a long term process that requires thousands of hours of your practice time and years of learning. Understand this! Becoming a good guitar player will not happen overnight. It takes commitment and long term dedication.
Most guitar players who consider themselves to be truly happy and feel as if they have accomplished the goals they set out to acheive are the ones who did significant things to get the results they wanted out of their playing. Most who fail gave up too early and didn’t give it 100% of their effort.
Check out some of the great resources found throughout SixStringMadness and be sure to find a good teacher in your area that can help you achieve your guitar playing goals.
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