I've played gutiar since the days where hairdo's were business
in the front and party in the back. For me personally, it was a form of
expression that became a passion. Learning music became so intrinsically
intertwined with who I was that it literally took over my life and became
a goal-oriented obsession that made me stay up late to perfect. Prior
to getting obsessed, there was a pattern that developed for me that every
single person that tries to play an instrument comes up against: Practice.
And practice I didn't.
Most of my practice in the beginning had nothing to with actual "sit
at home and practice" but in the actual classroom. I would go a week
without physical practice but my commitment to my teacher and promise
to my parents kept me going in my music lessons. Fast forward years later
and in actually becoming a successful teacher in the instrument that I
didn't practice all those years earlier, here are 3 tips to guarantee
progress on any instrument.
Listen to music
One concept we teach is listening is power. The past 100 years alone there
are composers of music that could literally fill the halls of the biggest
libraries. Listening is an artform and will begin to give you the keys
to the doors of becoming a musician. Also, be specific here. If you want
to become a great guitarist, what specific music could you listen to that
would help you achieve this? I know it's a simple concept but it's
something that is taken for granted so much these days in the mist of
video games, 24/7 content and Netflix video libaries that take up 98%
of our free time. Listening to a great guitarist playing in a recording
or song you love will start the process. Listen until you can sing the
melody of a guitar part of a song you love! Imagine the melody on your guitar.
Think positive. Another part of the process is your mentality. Do you know how many would
be guitarists that walked through my studio doors and the first words
out of their mouths was "I can't!" Don't defeat yourself
with negative talk- it's just a way to convince yourself that something
you are doing is impossible. Give yourself a fighting chance by letting
the natural process of lessons just take its course. To be clear, I am
not going to pretend that learning an instrument isn't easy
Emulate- I've learned more from emulating people that I've played with over
time than anything. In fact, just being around musicians that are better
than me pushed me to learn more information and made me understand the
importance of what they did. When I looked at other people that played
better than me, I was improving by picking up little nuances of what they did well.
Mastering a specific skillset does require a ton of work towards goals.
You can achieve your goals in any instrument with time, small steps forward
every day and patience. Stay at it, it's worth it!