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How I Stay Motivated With Guitar

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Everyone knows that you should practice regularly to get good at anything. But if you’re anything like me there are times when you just don’t feel motivated. 

I’m going to share with you five things I found to help me stay motivated. Note this is not an exclusive list. In fact, I would love for you to share in the comments some of the things that you’ve found for all of us to learn from.

That said, here’s my best ideas right no...

1. Create short term goals
   a. Specific, Measureable, Time Bound
   b. Upload a song
   c. Chart with speed improvements
   d. 30 Days

2. Practice a little every day
   a. 10 minutes often will turn to more   
   b. Have a practice schedule
   c. Seeing progress is motivating

3. Try something new
   a. New exercise or lesson
   b. Jam with backing tracks

4. Take some lessons
   a. Private
   b. Use an online guitar system

5. Watch an inspiring movie
   a. Theme of Excellence, Persistence, Overcoming obstacles
   b. Bohemian Rhapsody
   c. Crossroads
   d. Others?

My final words of wisdom around staying motivated might seem counterintuitive, but it comes from years of experience.

Everyone feels more motivated and less motivated at times. It’s normal. Early on I used to beat myself up if I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired. I realized now that just make things worse.

I encourage you to allow yourself to feel the ebbs and flows of the guitar playing journey without going into guilt mode. It’s okay to take a break sometimes… That could be going for a 15 minute. It could mean taking several days off away from your guitar. 

This may sound like it goes against some of my earlier advice, but it doesn’t. I’m talking about strategically taking a break every once in a while. This combined with a regular practice schedule and setting short-term goals could be just the thing to give you a boost.

And if you come back at it reinvigorated you’ll be a better guitar player for it in the world will be a better place.

That’s it for me. Just by watching this video you made another step on your guitar playing journey. Good job!

And thanks for being a part of this community. Please share what has helped you to stay motivated in the comments for all of us to benefit. I’d especially love to find out some of the movies that you’ve found inspiring.

Tomas Michaud

Author - Tomas Michaud at Real Guitar Success
Tomas Michaud is an American born guitarist and music educator with a French Canadian heritage. He first developed the Starland Guitar System in 1982 when his 9 year old daughter asked him to teach her guitar. Since then he’s founded the Starland School of Music in the SF Bay Area, and

When he's not making guitar instruction videos or creating more music to record (currently 7 CDs including Beauty and Fire) he's riding his bike along the beach with his dog Marco Polo or traveling to interesting places with his lovely wife Pui.
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