Some people believe that playing and practicing guitar should always be fun. From their perspective, something that doesn’t bring happiness and enjoyment right away, is not worth doing.
In their world, everything should come easy and naturally. If not, then something is wrong. Either with them, with their guitar teacher or with the learning process.
If they face a hurdle that needs to be overcome, they start looking for escape. They start to look for something new, something easier, something more fun. They will do whatever it takes to avoid solving problem at hand.
But let me tell you something.
Playing and practicing guitar doesn’t have to be always fun.
And I believe it is ok that way.
We have to learn how to keep on moving when there is no visible progress and no one around to support us.
Why practicing guitar doesn’t have to be fun?
For me, practicing guitar means working on something that I am not able to do yet.
Practicing means reaching past my current abilities. It means constantly pushing myself out of comfort zone into the areas where I do not feel confident.
It is just natural that these actions are not very pleasant because they require lots of effort and mental energy. If you are constantly challenging yourself, you need to be prepared to go through lots of frustration and despair. Many of the things that you try won’t work, some of them will be too difficult, some of them will drive you crazy.
With that said, it is obvious that becoming an extraordinary guitar player, is not an easy thing to do. It is not for everybody to always test their limits.
But I’ve learned to love experimenting with my own limitations. I kind of like to watch how I fail, it is almost fun to see myself so frustrated that I would tear all the strings out of the guitar. I’ve learned that pain is temporary and on the other side of pain there is an achievement.
It wasn’t always like that, though. This mindset is something I’ve picked up over the years from successful people. I’ve trained myself to find enjoyment in struggle, because struggle brings progress. When you are struggling, you know you are probably on the right path. Everyday that I push my limits is a good day. Every challenge makes me stronger, especially those I hate the most.
To be honest, there are quite a few things I really don’t like to practice. Fretboard orientation comes to my mind immediately. But I know that everything on my practice schedule is there for a reason. I know that it will help me to become a little bit better, a little bit faster, a little bit smoother. So even though I don’t like something, I still do it because I try to see the bigger picture. I try to embrace long-term thinking. Getting good always takes time.
I get a lot of emails from people who are struggling with guitar practice and need my help. They usually have hard times sticking with any kind of practice routine. And I love to help. But what you need to understand is that I am not different from you. I also experience lots of struggles and disappointments. Sometimes I almost hate the process. In those moments I just try to persevere no matter how I feel. Sometimes I win, sometimes I loose. Sometimes I am so angry that I cry.
No, there is nothing wrong with you. You are perfectly ok. You have all the talents that you need to succeed. You just have to learn how to use them.
Don’t get blinded by your feelings. They come and go. Create a vision and follow it until you reach it.
Climbing up the mountain is not always fun, but it is definitely worth it.
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