Perseverance and determination

One of the biggest obstacles for most guitar players comes from their own belief that in order to be a great guitar player, they must possess natural ability.

One of the biggest obstacles for most guitar players comes from their own belief that in order to be a great guitar player, they must possess natural ability. Great guitar players like Yngwie Malmsteen and Jeff Beck didn't just pick up the guitar one day, practice for a little while and then become virtuosos. Both of them have worked extremely hard developing their skills. Yngwie Malmsteen has been quoted as saying that he practiced 8 hours a day between the ages of 13 and 18. Jeff Beck, even now at the age of 70 has a guitar in every room of his house to remind himself “to get on with it”. If they (and others) were born with all of this talent, then they would not have had to work so hard to get where they are today.

With perseverance almost anyone can become a good player, refer to my other article ‘establishing a regular practice routine’ and have the determination to keep going and you will eventually get there. It is inevitable that there will be times when you lose enthusiasm a little, but recognising this and finding ways to push through this period are crucial. Maybe go and watch a good band or listen to your favourite album, anything to avoid moving away from your regular practice routine.

What does all of this mean for you? It means that you can achieve great things if you have the passion in your heart for music and if you have the perseverance to learn and practice each day. It will take a long time, but it is well worth it. You must believe that you can do it only if you work hard and long. If you believe in this concept and believe in yourself, it will happen!

If you wish to discuss this article in more depth please contact Tim Shaw at Guitar lessons Gold Coast.