Three Reasons Why You Feel Unmotivated To Keep Practicing Guitar
Posted: Sep 04, 2017
Guitar practice becomes unmotivating when various problems pop up. Learning about them is the key to avoiding them and making faster progress on guitar.
These are 3 major causes of a lack of motivation to practice and how to avoid them to stay motivated:
Reason #1. You Waste Time Without Realizing It
This makes it seem like you need to increase your practice time to make faster progress (which isn’t always possible). In reality, getting better results from guitar practice is about quality NOT quantity. You just need to make your practice time more efficient. The best way to do this is to work together with a guitar teacher who has helped many others reach their musical goals.
Reason #2. You Are Missing Some Part(s) Of The Practicing Process
Most commonly: You’re not tracking the progress you make with practice, so you don't know what is or what isn’t getting results for you.
You may go weeks, months or years without making much progress simply because you didn’t track the effectiveness of your practice. Tracking progress helps you see the very specific ways that your practice items are helping you improve your playing. For example, how many notes you are missing, how long it takes you to switch chords, etc. Your guitar practice becomes more effective when track your progress weekly to refine methods that aren’t working. You also become more motivated when you see exactly how you are much getting better over time.
Reason #3. Having Too Much To Practice (Which Causes Overwhelm)
It’s hard not to be overwhelmed when you practice tons of items at once. This is a common mistake that occurs for guitar players without clear goals or those who lack a clear strategy to help them reach their goals as fast as possible.
Working together with a guitar teacher is the best way to make your practice effective and streamlined. A good guitar teacher makes sure that you are always practicing the right things to reach your goals while avoiding working on things that don’t help you. When you reach your goals quickly in this manner, you become more motivated to get better and better.
Read more information about other major reasons why people lose motivation to practice guitar to get your practice on track and become a great player.
Tom Hess is a successful professional guitar player, composer and international guitar teacher.