Lets be honest here. When we procrastinate promising ourselves that we will start guitar tomorrow the odds are we will just find another excuse tomorrow. We are all busy these days and time is our most precious commodity. Well so we tell ourselves. If time is so precious why does the average household watch more than 6 hours of TV a day? How is it possible for so many people to clock up ridiculous amounts of time on playing video games or to post hundreds of times per week in Facebook. Is time really the issue?
I don’t think so.
As a guitar teacher time or lack of it has been the number one reason students use when they don’t do enough practice. I would often catch kids out by asking them to raise their hand if they saw that funny episode this week of The Simpsons where Homer does…. Is it a coincidence that those hands tend to belong to the same kids who didn’t have enough time to practice. Now adults are no better. In fact children learn from the adults around them. Think about how many times a day you say that you don’t have enough hours in the day. What’s worse is you probably believe it. Learning guitar is not difficult. It just requires a simple strategy and here it is.
Strategy for guitar success.
1. Reserve a time each day (same time) to practice.
2. Find a teacher and book in for weekly lessons. (A teacher will increase your chances of success).
3. Follow your teacher’s instructions and spend 30 minutes doing quality practice each day.
No more excuses.
Stop making the excuses and just do it. It really is that simple. The great thing about guitar is it gets easier the longer you do it. I don’t just mean playing guitar but the habit of practice. The key is be consistent. Don’t miss a day’s practice and it will become part of your everyday within a few months.
David J. Hart