Motivating Yourself to Play Guitar

October 13, 2016

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This is a different kind of post. I remember when I first picked up the guitar. I had dreams and aspirations of the things I would do with that guitar. I wrote a note to myself to never quit and never stop playing and trying to go pro.

I totally did  what I told myself not to.

I used to sit down playing guitar and wondering if I could be a famous musician before I would graduate college. ¬†wanted to be rich and famous. I used to watch the Rich and Famous episode of Motley Crue and I wanted to be just like them. They had so much money in their day that they didn’t know what to do with it. I used to think about them when I played and they’re a big influence on my playing.

I used to look up questions I had about being a professional guitar player but I ultimately decided not to. I thought hard about it. Nobody buys music anymore. I can find any song I want to on YouTube these days (except Prince songs, it’s pretty hard to find his music online for free). I thought about it and I decided that it wasn’t worth it to be in music because not even I pay for music myself.

Motivating yourself to play

Now a days, I feel so tired from doing other things that I don’t even have the motivation to play guitar anymore when I used to play for five hours a day. I need to motivate myself to play guitar sometimes and I know everybody faces this issue at some point.

If you ever face this issue I want you to do one thing. Listen to music.

Every time I hear something that just amazes me it makes me want to pick up the guitar and just play. Whenever I hear a masterpiece such as Purple Rain, I pick up my guitar and just start playing and trying to learn that song. Nothing makes me want to get up and play more than hearing a song that sounds easy though.

Easy Songs

These are your best friend when you want motivation to play. When I really listened to Dreams by Fleetwood Mac the other day and noticed it was only two chords, I jumped up to learn that song. All this time I loved that song and I never noticed how easy it was to play.

Playing the music you love and getting emotional responses out of it is the best part of playing. It’s why I play. So whenever I get an easy song it’s always the best for me because I can get that same happiness from a song that’s easy. I have an article on some beginner songs that you might love, so maybe those will motivate you to play. Check it out.

That’s all I have to say today, tell me how you motivate yourself in the comments.

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