One thing that I notice with my private guitar students is that a lot of them get upset with themselves when they make a mistake during their lesson. Part of my job as a guitar teacher is to help my students understand that those mistakes are ok, part of the learning process and actually beneficial to their playing.
As long as you are learning from your mistakes, then you are growing as a guitar player. Feelings of doubt, inadequacy, and frustration will only lead to a lack of motivation and eventually you will quit.
Listen, you MUST stop demanding perfection from yourself! Let me repeat that just in case you dozed off… STOP expecting “perfection” from yourself. It’s not going to happen. And you kill your ability to make progress fast when you get stuck in the “I-got-to-make-this-perfect” trap.
Whatever you’re going to do, just DO IT. And stop trying to make it perfect. For example, say you want to learn a song. Just learn it as fast as you can and then MOVE ON… don’t sit around and try to get every chord, every strum, every lick “perfect.”
Why? Because you’re listening to a RECORDING. And in the studio, a pro guitarist can play a solo 183 times if he needs to. Or, he can play just 3-bars that are really hard… until he gets it, “just right.” But when you’re playing in your bedroom, you’re don’t have to be perfect, because you’re not playing-for-pay, you’re playing for fun!
Plus, it’s a lot more FUN to spend your time improvising and learning new songs and solos, than it is to get stuck in perfection-mode. Now, there’s a time to buckle-down and work hard to get a solo near-perfect. But, if you give it an honest-effort, and something’s still not quite right, then you may be dealing with technique problem. (And not even know it.)
One of my favorite courses for learning the most critical techniques of playing the guitar and the one that I recommend to my students to supplement their private lessons is Steve Stine‘s latest course, 42 Days To Blazing Guitar Solos.
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