Tips On How To Stay Motivated When Practicing
Published on 25 March 2021
Learning the guitar is a marathon, not a sprint.
Playing an instrument can add so much to your life and it can be an outlet for creativity, something to de-stress with or possibly be a potential career. There’s really no better feeling than feeling motivated to pick up your guitar and practice.
The problem is, motivation is a fickle old thing, a fleeting feeling if you will, and it’s not just you who struggles with it. We’ve all been there. Oh boy, even the world’s greatest players don’t spring out of bed every day and get straight to practising. We’ve all dealt with struggling with motivation, battling to stay focused on what we’re learning, and sometimes your goals can seem unreachable.
We’re here to help you keep the flame burning and keep you staying motivated for guitar practice with some easy and hopefully helpful tips. Okay, here we go!
Create Realistic Goals
A good habit to get into when practising is creating achievable goals. When setting yourself goals, you might want to think about why you started to learn the guitar in the first place. Who inspired you? Where are you trying to get to?
You might want to break it down into short and long term goals to make them more manageable or split them into bite-sized chunks. Once you know where you want to go with your practice sessions, you’ll be able to stay focused and not feel overwhelmed. Motivation really does depend on your sense of achievement, so if you are achieving your goals, you’ll feel more motivated to practice.
Recognise Your Progress
While we’re on the subject of goal setting, we might as well talk about recognising when you’ve made progress. It’s so important to take stock and reflect on what you’ve already achieved. Even if you feel like you’ve taken one step forwards and two steps back, it’s vital to acknowledge how far you’ve come in your journey. Recognise and reward yourself, no matter how little it may seem.
When Inspiration Hits, Don’t Delay
The key to motivation is momentum. If you feel that fire in your belly, go with it! Inspiration awakens us to new possibilities and keeps us wanting to reach our goals. So, if you’re suddenly feeling inspired by a cool riff or you’ve seen a snazzy new technique you want to try and it makes you feel like picking up your guitar, do it! Run with it.
On the other hand, if you're lacking inspiration, we always feel like finding others to jam with really helps! For now, that might mean Zoom jamming, but it's really better than nothing. Picking up tips and techniques from other players is a great way to keep things fresh and exciting. Hopefully, in the not so distant future, we can all jam with each other in person!
Organise Your Practice Area
As the saying goes, a tidy space equals a tidy mind, which results in you feeling more willing to sit down and practice. We’re not gonna go all clean freak on you here, but it really does help with motivation and focus when your space is organised and inviting.
A distraction-free zone is also necessary if you want to knuckle down and get some serious practising done. Create an area in which you can have all your materials to hand, somewhere that is comfortable and a place where you know you can really focus. If you like you use your phone for tabs or for jamming along to music, restrict yourself to only those things. Stop scrolling on Tik Tok and get to work!
By having an effective, clutter-free, peaceful environment to practice in, you should in turn feel excited to sit down and play! Win, win!
Be Aware of Your Mindset
Positivity is key! Ultimately to become a better guitarist, you need to have a positive mindset and attitude. At the end of the day, negativity gets in the way of you making progress, so if you’re not feeling like practising one day, don’t! The better quality practice you have, the faster you will learn. If you’re getting frustrated, walk away and take a breather. Practising your guitar should be a joyful and fun experience, and if you’re finding yourself feeling negative towards it then you might need to think about why that is. Are your goals realistic? Are you feeling inspired?
Playing the guitar should be fun and practising should leave you feeling positive. We hope these tips help you if you're feeling like you're currently lacking motivation and drive to pick up the guitar. Don't worry, we've all been there. It's totally normal. Let us know how you keep yourself motivated to practice in the comments.