Top Five Reasons For Guitar Practice Frustration And How To Solve Them

Author: Ed Cupler


guitarist Music Instructor Tom HessHave you run out of motivation to practice guitar? Chances are, if you are reading this article, you are currently not 100% satisfied with your guitar practice results. However, the good news is that you are not alone. Most guitarists go through times where they experience frustration while struggling to practice guitar effectively.

As a guitar teacher, I come across all kinds of guitar playing issues through my guitar students. Over the years, I have noticed that most of my guitar students have very specific reasons for why they lose motivation for guitar practice. In order to help you increase your motivation, I have created a list of the 5 most common reasons why guitar players are unable to get great results when they practice guitar:

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Reason Number 1:
Not sure what needs to be practiced on guitar.

The majority of guitar players do not know exactly what they should be practicing and why they should be practicing it. This causes them to attempt learning as many new ideas on guitar as possible. Then, by practicing so many different ideas for guitar at once, the guitarist becomes overwhelmed. This happens because they simply do not give themselves enough time to fully process all the new information they are learning.

If you are unsure about what to you need to learn on guitar, it will eventually become difficult to maintain your motivation for guitar practice. Learn more about what you need to be practicing during your guitar practice by studying the information in this article about reaching music goals.

Reason Number 2:
Unorganized and ineffective practicing habits

Many guitar players do not know how to schedule their practice in a way that brings them consistent results. In most cases, this is because they do not make a strong effort to find the most effective guitar practice methods. Instead, they create their own guitar practice routine and stick with it even if it is not helping them achieve the results they want. For example, most guitarists try to divide up practice time equally for every idea they want to practice. This approach consistently fails to bring big results in the long term because the guitarist is treating every practice item with equal importance. In reality, some of the things you practice will be more important than others and should take up more priority when you are scheduling guitar practice time.

In addition, many guitar players focus too much of their practice time on playing what they WANT instead of what they NEED. This causes them to make very slow improvement on guitar. By continually practicing guitar in this manner, you will struggle to apply your strong guitar playing skills due to weaker areas in your playing that hold you back. For example, many guitarists learn how to play fast scales or guitar licks, but never learn how to APPLY these ideas in musical situations. As a result, they cannot actually use their strong guitar speed skills in any practical sense such as improvising or writing cool guitar solos.

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Reason Number 3:
Not having fun with guitar practice

Many guitar players have conditioned themselves to believe that guitar practice is nothing more than a boring set of repetitive tasks. If you have this mindset, you are truly misunderstanding the basic idea behind guitar practice. In order to gain motivation to practice your instrument, you must learn how to create an effective practice schedule that helps you enjoy the learning process as you work toward your guitar playing goals. Once you obtain the right tools to create a such a highly productive and inspirational practice schedule, you will find it much easier to have fun with the time you spend practicing guitar. As time goes on, you will begin treating guitar practice as an opportunity to improve on your instrument in order to play music the way you always wanted rather than as a mere obligation that you must complete each day.

Learn more about becoming more motivated in your guitar practice by reading this article about good guitar practice methods.

Reason Number 4:
Not focusing enough on long term goals.

Becoming a truly great guitar player will take you years of hard work and dedication. The key element to becoming good at guitar is to understand your long term guitar playing goals. Once you have determined the things that you want to do with guitar, you can then begin to design your guitar practice schedule in a way that helps you to effectively reach these goals. To illustrate this point, think of each of your guitar practice sessions as separate pieces of a puzzle that make up the big picture of your guitar playing goals. The more clearly you can see the big picture that you are trying to create, the easier it will be to think of ways to effectively practice guitar.

Reason Number 5:
Losing motivation due to lack of quick progress.

Even if you understand the best way to effectively practice guitar, you will not achieve big results overnight. Many guitar players expect instant results when using a new practice method. Unfortunately, when they do not get the quick results they are looking for, they end up abandoning (what might be) a truly effective guitar practice method. This results in inconsistent guitar playing progress since you do not give yourself the time to get the benefits from the guitar practice methods you use. This approach to guitar practice is like reading ten different books and stopping a few pages into each one before you have time to understand the story. While practicing guitar, give each method time to work (or not work) before deciding to move on to something else.

What should you do next?

After reading this article, you should have a better understanding of why you have a hard time staying motivated in your guitar practice. Think about how the guitar practice solutions mentioned above can apply to your current practice routine. Even though this article has only touched on a few of the problems that you might face as you develop your guitar skills, your guitar playing will benefit greatly by applying them in your everyday practice.

Learn more about what practice items to use in your guitar practice time by studying this page on reaching music goals. Fill out this free assessment about creating a guitar practice routine and get expert advice to help you improve your guitar practice.

About The Author:

Tom Hess is an electric guitar teacher online, recording artist and the guitar player of the band Rhapsody Of Fire. He trains guitar players to become awesome musicians in his personalized guitar lessons online. Visit his website to receive many free mini courses, guitar practice eBooks, and to get more help with improving your guitar playing.

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