Over the last 25 plus years of teaching the guitar I have met hundreds of students of all ages. Watching them progress helps me improve my teaching methods so I am always finding ways to improve communication methods along with faster methods of learning.
One type of student I sometimes get is the student who thinks the guitar will be effortless and no practice will be required outside of the lesson, comparable to the person who signs up a gym membership and rarely uses it. Sadly I have seen students with great potential fall into this category.
There is a simple way to avoid this, simply make a promise to yourself before you start learning the guitar that you will allocate a dedicated time, every day for 10 minutes at least, that you will do nothing but revise what you know on the guitar already as well as the new things you are learning. If your guitar teacher has given you some songs or exercises, go through them repeatedly! Even if they seem stupidly easy, go through the motions.
Repetition is the mother of skill.
I fear not the man who has practised 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practised one kick 10,000 times - Bruce Lee
I have one student at the moment who has been learning at a rate I have never seen over the years, this student stood out among all the others. Within twelve months he had reached a level that was more common with students of three years. Sure he said he practised daily like the others claimed but his level of skill was higher. My initial thought was perhaps he just has a higher love for the guitar like I did at that age and maybe he was a little gifted? Until one day his mother asked me if it was necessary that he practise guitar for over three hours a day? I laughed and told her that explains a lot. He obviously has a love of music and it means his heart is in it. That makes all the difference. So it was simple repetition that had created his skill and that is something anybody, YES ANYBODY, can do.
So now I tell all new students that there is no secret to being a great guitarist, simply repeat everything learned over and over again, and one day it will seem natural to you. Think about this, there was actually a time that you couldn't do anything for yourself but sure enough you learned. Maybe you had few trips and falls along the way, but sure enough, you learned to walk, talk and if your here I know that you learned to read!
So I would like to enforce that the guitarist that stands out most is the one who practices the most. The only person stopping you from becoming a guitarist is you and how you choose to budget your time. We all have 24 hours a day, how we spend them makes all the difference.
I hope this short blog inspires you to start learning the guitar and give you the confidence you need to begin. If you would like to start with some free video lessons you can find them HERE. Thanks for stopping by and good luck.