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Motivation to Practice Guitar Has Nothing to Do with Difficulty, But with Comparison

I know how hard it is to sit myself down and practice my guitar. It’s far easier to play something you know than to discipline yourself and learn something new, that might be difficult for you at first. Many aspiring guitar players lose motivation quickly, but it has nothing to do with difficulty to pull stuff off. It has everything to do with comparison.

Most beginning, and even intermediate or advanced guitar players look up to the top players for inspiration. They look up to Steve Morse, Slash, Greg Howe, Satch, Vai, Lane, Alpine, Pass, Scofield, Wes… You know what I mean. But then they ask themselves the wrong question.

“WHEN WILL I PLAY LIKE THAT?”

Or worse:

“I’m never going to play like that, will I?”

And right there, you kill your motivation. What you need to do is turn that question around. You need to REPHRASE it into something like:

“THAT’S how I’m going to play.”

See the difference? While the previous phrasing was negative, this one is positive, even though it basically says the same thing. I’m not there yet. The difference is, one says “It’s going to take me a long time and I might never get there”, while the other simply states “It’s going to take me a long time, but no matter what, I’ll get there eventually.”

Read interviews with the players you look up to, and you’ll see recurring themes:

  1. They looked up to someone and took INSPIRATION and MOTIVATION from them
  2. They practiced. A LOT. Some of them had no life growing up besides playing guitar.
  3. Most of them STILL practice. To this day. Every day.

Don’t ask when. Ask what. Ask how. What do I need to learn next? How am I going to implement the new things I learned into my playing? What do I need to work on? Practice can be fun if you have a goal in mind.

Playing and learning music is a day to day choice. And you need to make that choice every day.