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Why you are not getting better at guitar?

It is time to stop lying to yourself. It is time for us to face the truth.getting better at guitar

Lack of talent is not stopping you from becoming a remarkable guitar player (or from whatever you wish to be).

No, you don’t need more talent.

Stop listening to people who tell you that you can’t make it without talent.

That is just not true. Period.

Do yo want to know how do I know that?

Keep reading …

We do have all kind of excuses why something cannot be done. Even people who say that they are not creative at all, can come up with a bunch of excuses in an instant. When it comes to finding reasons why something is impossible to accomplish, our creativity is limitless.

Saying that you cannot become great guitar player because you don’t have enough talent is an excuse. I don’t believe that some mystical thing called talent can stop anybody from fulfilling his or her dreams.

Let me ask you a question: What makes a great musician?

Well, I think that we can agree that there are few things:

- vivid aural imagination
– great sense of rhythm
– tone
– knowledge
– technique
– experience
– creativity

and maybe few other things.

But do you know what all this things have in common?

They are all trainable. All of them.

Once you make up your mind that you want to improve any of this areas, you can. And with time and practice you’ll keep getting better.

But only if you don’t fall into an “experience trap”. Do you know what that is?

The real reason why you are not getting better at guitar …

There is a common notion among people that the more experience you have, the better you get. In other words, if you do something over and over, you will keep getting better at it.

But there is a lot of research that suggest the opposite.

“In fact the reality is more puzzling than that. Extensive research in a wide range of fields shows that many people not only fail to become outstandingly good at what they do, no matter how many years they spend doing it, they frequently don’t even get any better than they were when they started.” Geoff Colvin, Talent is Overrated (aff)

You are probably familiar with this quote:

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein

Maybe you know someone who plays guitar for ages, but he still plays those same old four chords. No signs of improvement whatsoever. How is that possible?

Because repeating something over and over doesn’t make you better at it no matter how long you do it. You will hit a plateau that can only be overcome by shift in your thinking.

If you want to get better, you have to focus on improving some measurable aspect of your playing. It is a change in your attitude. You no longer waste your time with mindless repetitions.

You choose something in your playing that needs improvement and you find a way how to improve it. (Or as Dan McLaughlin from The Dan Plan says : Identify a weakness and convert it into a strength.) And that is a definition of deliberate practice.

So if  talent is overrated, what do you need to get better?

Perseverance, patience, hard-work, courage, deliberate practice, focus, determination, …

And maybe few more things. And yes, they are all trainable. Just waiting for you to discover them. Don’t let them waiting.

Do you make the same mistake of mindlessly repeating the stuff  that you already know and expecting that you will get better by doing that?

Let me know in the comments.

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2 Responses to Why you are not getting better at guitar?

  1. Eric W. July 21, 2014 at 5:59 am #

    You just described me to a T. I play the same crap over and over and never try anything new and complain that I’m not getting better. Thanks for the eye opener!

  2. Lukas Kyska July 21, 2014 at 9:36 am #

    Always a pleasure to help!

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