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Top 5 Reasons Why You Struggle To Practice Guitar Effectively

Tom HessDo you find it difficult to gain motivation for guitar practice? If you do, you are not the only one. Fact is, most guitar players experience frustration in their guitar playing from time to time. This frustration causes them to lose motivation for guitar practice. However, in spite of how common this is, it is possible to make great progress in your guitar playing while (feeling highly motivated) by developing effective habits during your guitar practice.

As a professional guitar teacher of many years, I have observed the guitar playing habits of thousands of guitarists. After teaching so many students, I have been able to clearly identify the exact reasons why guitar players lose motivation for practicing guitar. For the rest of this article, I will be discussing various ways that you can increase your motivation for guitar practice while learning to practice guitar more effectively. To help explain this, I have created a list of the top five reasons why most guitarists are not getting the most out of their guitar practice:

Reason No. 1: Not knowing the ‘right things’ to practice.

It is very common for guitar players to use their practice time to try to learn as many new things on guitar as possible. Although this is normally done out of excitement for playing guitar, the truth is that these guitarists are unsure about what they should be practicing. As a result, they attempt to practice a wide variety of things on guitar in hopes that it will ‘lead them somewhere’. Ultimately, this approach fails because the guitarist does not have a clear set of goals to work toward. This causes him to feel great frustration when he doesn’t see any clear results. If you use this approach for an extended period of time, you will likely lose a great deal of motivation for guitar practice.

The key to practicing guitar effectively is to fully understand ‘what’ you must practice and ‘why’ you must practice it. Read this music goals article to learn about what you need to practice during your guitar practice time.

Reason No. 2: Not practicing guitar with an effective schedule

Most guitarists practice in a totally unorganized and ineffective manner. Unfortunately, they are usually unaware of this and go for weeks, months, or even years at a time using the same ineffective guitar practice methods! One example of a commonly used, yet ineffective method is the idea of using an equal amount of time on every task in your guitar practice. This is just like trying to prepare a dish by using an equal amount of ingredients without thinking about how each of the ingredients will affect the taste of the food. This guitar practice method will cause you to spend too much time on things that are not important to your overall guitar playing progress.

Another mistake that guitarists make during their guitar practice is that they spend a lot of time focusing on the guitar skills they WANT to practice rather than the guitar skills that they NEED to practice in order to achieve their musical goals. This causes their guitar playing skills to become imbalanced. As a result, their weak areas tend to hold back their ability to apply their well developed skills in musical situations.

In order to make progress in your guitar playing, it is essential to analyze your own practice methods so that you can develop an effective guitar practice schedule. Take this test to find out how to create your own guitar practicing schedule and get professional feedback to help you improve.

Reason No. 3: Not getting enjoyment from guitar practice.

Most guitarists have experienced a lot of frustration during their guitar practice. This has caused them to ‘resent’ the idea of practice because it reminds them of the frustration they faced. However, this negative mindset can be turned around if you understand how to consistently achieve progress during your guitar practice sessions. To do this, it is essential to integrate an effective guitar practice schedule with a fundamental enjoyment for learning guitar. When you learn how to practice guitar so effectively that you see yourself getting better on a regular basis, it becomes much easier to look forward to your next guitar practice session.

Find out how to build your motivation for guitar practice by reading the information in this article about identifying your guitar practicing mindset.

Reason No. 4: Lacking focus of the big picture.

It takes many years to become a great guitar player. If you want to become a great guitarist, you must clearly determine the best paths to take in order to achieve your long term goals. Once you have clearly identified your long term music goals, you will need to focus on using your guitar practice time effectively to reach them. To do that, think of your guitar practice sessions as individual pieces of a puzzle that make up the big picture of your musical goals. The better you understand the big picture of your guitar practice, the easier it will be to create effective guitar practice schedules. Additionally, as you begin to “put together the puzzle” and make progress you will become more motivated to practice guitar.

Reason No. 5: Losing motivation by having unrealistic expectations.

No matter how effectively you can practice guitar, you will not see huge results after only one or two practice sessions. Most guitarists choose guitar practice methods with the expectation that they will bring quick results with little effort. This decision usually results in the guitar player giving up on potentially effective practice methods too soon. As a result, these guitar players do not experience continuous progress in their guitar playing because they are switching practice methods too frequently. This practicing method is like listening to 15 different songs, but stopping the music after one or two seconds in each song before you can hear what the music is about. When practicing guitar, give your practice methods time to develop so that you can determine whether or not the methods are effective.

What do you need to do next?

After reading the information in this article, you should have a better idea of why you lack motivation for guitar practice as well as how you can practice guitar more effectively. This article does not contain a complete list of all the challenges you may run into while practice guitar; however, if you apply the solutions in this article to your own guitar practice, you will begin to see better results in your guitar playing. Additionally, you will start to enjoy the learning process during each of your guitar practice sessions.

Learn more about the exact things you will need to practice on guitar by reading this music goals article. In addition, use this assessment to find out how to create a great guitar practicing schedule.

About The Author:
Tom Hess is a guitar teacher online, composer and a touring musician. He plays guitar in the epic metal band Rhapsody Of Fire. He teaches students from all over the world in his internet guitar lessons. Go to to get more free guitar playing help.

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