How to Motivate Yourself to Practise the Guitar

How to Motivate Yourself to Practise the Guitar

There may come a time when you are lacking motivation for practising and playing the guitar. Perhaps you’ve been busy with school or work recently, had a holiday, or anything else. Or you are struggling with something and feel like you are not getting anywhere with the guitar. It’s time to use some of the following tricks to help you kick-start your guitar playing again. 

Have you written down what you want to do on the guitar? 

Playing Guitar Goals

It’s useful to know what you want to achieve on the guitar. One – it gives you a target to aim towards. Two – it keeps you focused, so you aren’t off doing other things that won’t help you in the long run. 

Things that are useful to consider may be the type of songs you want to play; if you want to be in a band; do you want to perform and do it confidently; do you want to be able to express yourself better with the guitar improvising? 

All these examples are the type of things you might consider when working out what you want to do. 

Once you’ve done that, write up your goals onto a piece of paper. Now pin your piece paper up somewhere obvious. Perhaps next to where you practise your guitar. This is so that you can remind yourself what your target is. 

What’s your practise environment like? 

Practise Guitar Environment

Where are you practising when you are at home? Do you have a space that you can comfortable do your practising in? 

The best situation for you to be in is where you have to put minimal effort in between you moving from that comfortable sofa to practising the guitar. 

Having your guitar in a case, having to get your music notes out of your bag, not know what to practise. They are all things holding you back from practising as soon as possible. Creating this imagery mental barrier. Have you ever heard people say, “getting dressed and ready for the gym is half the battle of actually going?” Keep it easy by having everything out and ready for you. 

Have you got anyone to help motivate you? 

guitar teacher for motivation on learning the guitar

Even the best people in the world struggle with motivation at some point. Having someone to keep you accountable, whether it’s a teacher or being in a band, or committing to playing with friends will help encourage you to practise. 

If you are struggling to progress, then Guitar Tuition East London is here to provide you with electric guitar lessons in London that actually motivate you and help keep you accountable. 

Make sure the people that you surround yourself with regarding playing the guitar are supportive. Some people may be less enthusiastic about your guitar playing compared to other people, so it’s important that you have people who will keep you motivated to get better. 

Are you struggling to get results from practising, and that’s why you are not enjoying playing? 

If after investing a lot of hours into practising and still feel like you have not made much progress.  It can be demotivating. 

practising guitar properly

Firstly, check if you know how to get results from practising. For some people, they might know exactly what they need to do to get to their goal. For most people, you might need a teacher who will be able to help you with your practising. That’s what we do here at Guitar Tuition East London. We help you to know exactly how to get to your goal as quickly as possible, and with you putting in the effort to practise. You will see results quickly and not feel demotivated when practising. 

Make sure when you are practising, you need to make sure you are practising, not playing the guitar. You need to challenge yourself, so you don’t end up in a rut or staying in a box. Separate the time you use for playing the guitar and practising as two different things. 

Reward Yourself with Little Wins

practise notebook

When you achieve something new, write it down! Keep all your achievements in a notebook so that when you are feeling down about your progress. You can look at it and see how far you have come. 

Keep other notes about new revelations so that you don’t want to remember what new thoughts you had last time you practised. Saves you lots of time, and keeps you focused as well.

I hope you’ve found this article helpful. If you would like to find out how we can help you to improve your practising to help motivate you on playing the guitar and improving then get in touch. We offer a free introductory lesson to let you find out more about how we can help you.