We all get frustrated when we are learning. If you are a frustrated guitarist, now is the time to find a solution. I’ve been playing for over 40 years and have found a few ideas to keep myself practicing and enjoying my guitar. First, we need to identify why.
4 REASONS WHY YOU AREN’T PLAYING YOUR GUITAR
Why don’t you play?
1. My guitar sounds terrible – This can be a problem for several reasons. Some guitars, no matter how expensive can slip out of tune even after a few minutes. There are several reasons for this.
- The strings are old.
- The neck needs to align properly.
- When the guitar is on your lap the wood warms up and the tuning changes.
- My advice: Take it to a reputable guitar store and get their guitarist to play it for you. You may just need new strings or a setup to fix the problem. Occasionally, you may find you bought a lemon! It happens. If it’s time to find a new guitar look here for a bargain.
2. Really hurts my fingers – I’m not going to tell you to suck it up! If like myself you have thin skin, then you can learn on a nylon string guitar (it’s a little harder to push the strings down but they don’t cut into your fingers.)
If you are playing an electric guitar, you can get a lighter gauge of strings. Also, check that the strings are lying close to the frets on the guitar neck but not so low that they buzz. If they are a long way off the neck this is called a ‘high action’ and can be fixed by a good luthier in a guitar shop.
The core of the problem
3. I’m so bored! – Understandable. Boredom can come from a few areas. Perhaps you are not enjoying the lessons you’ve been doing, perhaps they are too hard or too slow. There are lots of YouTube teachers, so do some research for a lesson on something that interests you right now today. Find a song and band that you really like. Look up the chords and play along. Join a community to chat about music gear and guitars.
4. I don’t know any songs – Now, it doesn’t matter what type of music you like to play. Or if you sing or play the lead. At the end of the day, you started playing because you liked a song. No matter if you are just beginning or if you have been playing for a long time, learning a new song is exciting. Here is a favorite song that is easy to learn.
You get to choose which song, find the chords, and decide how you will present the finished work. When you have a reasonable rendition bite the bullet and play for someone or join a group to jam with for fun. Find yourself some live lessons for free.
Share your story and the challenges
This is your chance to vent a little and share your solutions. Head to the comments and let me know how you’ve beaten the challenge of staying connected. You might have a magic bullet, I would love to know your secret or compare notes. Share this post around and let’s get a discussion going amongst our world guitarists.
Play with joy!