How To Stay Focused On Daily Practice

How To Stay Focused On Daily Practice

Learn how to stay focused on daily practice when learning the guitar. This is very important for your progress. It will determine if it’s fast or slow and affect our results.   If we don’t stay focused daily, we will lose sight of what our mission is.  To be better at guitar & be better at life!

Staying focused

When working on a dream (any dream) the importance of staying focused daily is crucial to its achievement.  But this is also one of the hardest things to do.  It’s not hard to get focused, it’s hard to stay focused.

Stay Focused

Why?

Because every day we have a million things going through our minds and we are constantly being fed more & more information every day!  On TV, online, magazines, you name it.  And as we search for the tools and training to get us to where we are going, we get sidetracked by all this.  Which is what it’s designed to do.

Make it a reality

Did you know that?  Yeah, it’s all designed to see if you have what it takes to see your dream through to the end no matter how long it takes.  Very few people stick with a dream long enough to make it a reality.

They get out of focus, take extended breaks, try out new things and eventually lose their hunger!  Hunger for the very thing that was going to make their life better.  This is why the importance of staying focused is an absolute must.

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Develop patience

Without focus, your all over the map.  You can’t see as clearly.  You’ll begin to lose sight of the original goal.  The goal that inspired you to get focused in the first place.  Lack of motivation will set in and your progress will begin to diminish.

Develop patience with your learning.  Some concepts will come easy, while others will not.  Take your time & find your pace.  Digest information in small bits & go over things you don’t understand a few times.  I guarantee the answers will come to you.

Stay focused on your practice

So do your best to get & stay focused!  Read when you can.  Think about & write down your goals.  Keep positive chatter in your mind & keep away from negativity as much as possible.  All of this will allow you to stay focused on your practice.

By honing in your goals and making the commitment to see them through no matter how long it takes, you will give yourself a head-start in the right direction and be progressing faster than you ever thought possible.

Remember it’s a test

Remember, these are all tests to see if you have what it takes to achieve your dream. Not all people who atten=mot to climb the mountain of successful dreams (no matter what they may be) will make it to the top.  That’s just the way it is.  But by staying focused on the goal at hand (getting better at playing guitar)  you will give yourself a better chance at achievement.

achieving a goal

To achieve, you must get started

No place better to get started than at the beginning.  You see, a lot of self-taught guitar players don’t follow a plan and stay focused on that plan until the goal is achieved.  Especially now with the internet, they tend to bounce around from song technique to another and have fun.

This is fine except that without a system of learning to follow, they will eventually run into roadblocks.  Then frustration kicks in and the fun runs out.  A very common thing that happens quite often because they never set a goal and continued to stay focused on achieving it.

That is why a system is best to follow.  Like the system I created with my guitar book I’ve written and published called Lear Guitar: Simple Method For Beginners.

Learn Guitar Simple Method for beginners

This book is designed for anyone wanting to learn guitar and get the fundamental principles down in the shortest amount of time possible.  With step-by-step lesson plans and full-color pictures, this book will have you playing guitar in no time.

No prior music knowledge is necessary.

Even if you have never touched a guitar before, no prior music knowledge is necessary.  That is because Learn Guitar: Simple Method For Beginners is exactly what it says it is.  A simple easy study for anyone.  It doesn’t matter if you have the desire to play the acoustic guitar, or the electric guitar.  This book can help you do it.

Reduce frustration!

Many times at the beginning of doing anything, it can be frustrating if certain things are not known.  Like for instance, not knowing the proper tools to use.  Or possibly not knowing the right direction to go in.  Or even taking the correct steps in a certain procedure.  Knowing things like these can make all the difference in the world when it comes to getting started on any new journey.

This method book will teach you such things as:

*What type of guitar to choose

*Correct guitar positioning

*Tuning up & using a guitar pick

*How to play easy chords

*Reading modern-style sheet music

*Creating rhythms with proper timing

*Arpeggiating chords

*Playing melodies

*Practice habits

And much, much more.  Learn Guitar: Simple Method For Beginners offers everything (and then some) you need to get started having fun playing guitar.  A comprehensive introduction to essential guitar playing fundamentals.

That provides a quick effective, uncomplicated and practical alternative to the multitude of traditional self-instruction method books.  By offering simple diagrams that can be understood easily for quick results.

Lesson conclusion

As I said before, work to stay focused on your goals of what you wish to accomplish with your guitar playing.  Everyone is different so you’ll have to decide for yourself.  But if you take the principles taught in this lesson to heart and put them into action, you can’t lose.  You will accomplish that dream.

In addition, be sure to grab my FREE action-guide “Beginner Guitar Secrets”  as they will give you a head-start in the right direction. And if you have any questions about what I teach, feel free to contact me.

Best of luck, and until our next lesson, take care.

Dwayne

5 Top Tips To Great Rhythm Guitar Playing


How to Develop Your Guitar Sound

When it comes to playing guitar, one of the most important things to learn is how to develop your guitar sound.  And this depends highly on what style of music you like, what draws you to want to play that kind of music and whether you like strumming rhythm or playing solos.  All these things can contribute to you discovering how to develop your sound.

Learning Tips For Playing Rhythm Guitar

If you’re drawn to the rhythm aspect of playing guitar, you want to learn how to form chords and how to pick and strum them.  You want to learn how to develop good timing and create a practice schedule designed to accomplish this.Front view

First, you start out by learning a few basic beginner chord shapes like G C & D.  These chords are played within the first few frets and once learned can aid you in learning many really cool songs.  Second, you learn to strum these chords down and up with the picking hand to establish timing.  Third, you learn to move between chords in certain time intervals to create rhythm.  This can take some time to accomplish, but if you give it a try you will be amazed at how bits and pieces of songs you recognize start coming out of your guitar. And that’s when the magic really starts to happen.

Learning Tips For Playing Lead Guitar

If you’re drawn to the lead guitar aspect of playing, then you want to focus on learning scales and practicing finger exercises to develop strength.  Later on more advanced techniques will allow you to master speed and agility.  Timing is also very crucial in this aspect of playing and designing a practice schedule for this type of playing is needed as well.cartoon

One thing about playing lead guitar you want to remember is that it takes much more discipline to accomplish than just playing rhythm. And like playing rhythm, there are certain things you want to learn.  First, some basic scale forms.  Start out with the major scale (Do Ra Me…) second, move to the minor pentatonic scale patterns and the infamous blues scale.  Third, work on finger exercises to develop dexterity, speed, and timing.

Learning Tips For Setting Goals

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Setting Goals is another aspect of guitar playing that is very important to keep you on track.  This allows you to choose what it is you want to accomplish, check to see how you are doing at accomplishing it and what more you need to do to accomplish it.  This is where most people who try to learn guitar on their own, fail.  They have no destination.  No top of the mountain they’re trying to reach.  They just grab the guitar and start learning.

At first, they start out all enthusiastic but then after awhile lose steam and sometimes just give up.  Which is never a good thing.  So don’t do this.  Get focused, decide where it is you want to go with your playing, make a plan to get there, get to work, stick with it and eventually feel great when you reach it.

Insights To Your Favorite Players

Learn To Rock Guitar!

Now if there is someone in particular that inspires you like the gentleman to the left then look into his style of playing.  What kind of chords does he play?  Type of scales?  Kinds of rhythm patterns? What kind of equipment?  An answer to all these questions will contribute to you learning how to develop your sound.  You could even light your guitar on fire, but I wouldn’t recommend that until you start making bank as a guitar singing Rockstar!!kiss 4

Every artist has their own uniqueness they bring to the table because they took the time to develop the sound they wanted.  Most even went a step further by developing their own unique image as well.  Kiss being the masters in this area.  When it comes to the artistic development of sound, image and stage persona you can’t get more unique than KISS.  They studied and put into practice the development of their unique brand of guitar playing as did AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Rolling Stones and so on and so on.  You will have to do the same.

Get serious about your playing

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Get serious about your playing.  What you want to accomplish, who most inspires you to play and start working at developing your own sound.  Write these things down and look at them.  Write out a plan of steps needed for their accomplishment and set forth at once to put this plan of yours into action!  One little step at a time is all that is needed and before you know it, you will start seeing some progress.

Stay excited, stay committed and when it’s all said and done you will learn how to develop your sound and become an inspiration to others as these people mentioned above have done for millions around the world.  Even if your inspiration is to family and friends, you will find that the guitar can be a guiding light to a much brighter future.

Additional Help

If you’d like more on the topic of learning guitar for beginners check out my book on Amazon and if you could write a review it would be highly appreciated.  It’ll help my ranking.  And if you need any accessories to help you get started you can visit my store.  Here you will find guitar gear I use and recommend to my aspiring students to help in their quest to be better guitar players. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and as always, if you need any assistance feel free to contact me.

Until our next lesson, take care.

Sincerely, Guitar Teacher, Dwayne Jenkins.