Practice Makes the Guitarist
The key to becoming a successful guitarist (or any kind of musician) does not come from the amount of money one has, their family background, nor how good looking people may perceive them.
How do you think your favorite artists or bands made it big? DO you think they started with expensive instruments, fancy record labels or hot shot music producers? No. Were they simply handed their first gigs? No. They simply worked for it, except there is nothing simple about it because becoming successful can be a long hard road.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve owned a guitar for 2 years or 20 years, because the number of years you own an instrument does not reflect your skill with that instrument. It’s the amount of time and effort you put into using that instrument that reflects your talent and skill. It’s not going to mean much owning a guitar for 10 or so years if you do not play it often. The more you work at it, the better you’ll be, and that’s the truth.
No one was born a successful rock star or a world renowned chef or an Olympic Champion. To be great at anything, takes hard work and determination. Of course natural talent plays its role, but skill is essential for success.
It doesn’t matter how early you start playing guitar, whether you are 15, 22, or 40 years of age. As long as you make the commitment to yourself to practice, you’ll grow into a great guitarist. But of course nothing is instant. Progress needs to be made. So practicing every day is ideal. “Practice makes perfect” as it were.
But don’t be fooled into thinking you can practice the same thing every day and become a better guitarist. You’ll only be wasting your time. To become a great guitarist, you need to push yourself and learn new things. Once you’ve got the hang of one thing, move onto something new. Don’t forget to practice everything you learn, or else you’ll get rusty, or forget and have to start all over.
You don’t need to rely on yourself alone. There are helpful tools to reach this goal such as instructional books on playing and learning guitar, from the basics to expert material. You could find yourself an instructor for some help or just to get the basics down if you are having trouble with something. The internet is also a helpful tool for finding music and lyrics for songs or video tutorials on how to position your fingers, techniques, etc. And once you start understanding notes, chords and to read tab, it will open a whole new realm of things you are going to want to learn. After all, feeling yourself make progress will motivate you to do even more!
Don’t be afraid to play around. Playing guitar should be an enjoyable venture. After you have a base knowledge for the instrument, you could probably go ahead and start writing your own music. But remember that everyone has their own set of strengths and weaknesses. That does not mean to settle for what you have or to limit yourself because you will never grow or move past it to become a great guitarist. Work even harder to turn those weaknesses into strengths. For example, if your strength lies with chords but your weakness lies with finger picking, then take the extra time to practice finger picking