We all know Harry Potter. The whole thing started out as a series of novels and then later developed into a series of movies. But how exactly does a series of novels about this famous character apply to avoiding common guitar practice problems for people who want to be good enough to be able to play in a band? Well, let us find out together.
There was no point in worrying yet … what would come, would come … … and he would have to meet it when it did. ~ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2000.
Worrying will do nothing but to draw you back from achieving what you want to achieve. There are many times when you will get stuck in a rut during practice time. By getting stuck, I mean reaching a point where you are playing the same thing every time and it is like you are not doing anything new.
When this happens, you do not need to worry because it will just make things worse. What you need to do is to find something else apart from what you are doing that will inspire you.
Let me sound a note of warning here. Whatever you choose must be something inspiring because if it is not, you will get bored and end up in a worse situation than getting stuck. So when you find yourself stuck, quit worrying and take action instead.
What You Grow To Be
You place too much importance … on the so-called purity of blood! You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be! ~ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2000, spoken by the character Albus Dumbledore.
In this life where you are coming from does not really matter. What really matters is where you going and who you end up becoming at the end of the day.
If you want to grow into that excellent player that you want to be, then you need to take things one step at a time. Whenever you are practicing, you will be tempted to move on to another skill before even getting yourself acquainted with the previous one. Do not do it.
Instead, make sure you master the previous one before moving on to the next one. It is much better to master a few skills than it is to know all the skills and not e able to play a single one perfectly. Believe me; you do not want to become that kind of guitarist.
Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can not see where it keeps its brain. ~ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 1999, spoken by the character Arthur Weasley.
Sometimes blindly believing or believing what works will make things much worse for you. The belief many people have it that you need to focus on one style of playing only and then leave out the rest. But if you stick to that belief, you will end up becoming a player who does not understand what music is really all about.
Of course sticking to one style of playing is a good advice but if you want to become a pro, you need to spy into other styles of playing. This will help you not to become narrow minded and the best way to go about this is to split your practice time into sections to include other playing styles. It does not have to take a bulk of your time, but you should include it.
We must try not to sink beneath out anguish, Harry, but battle on. ~ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, 2005, spoken by the character Albus Dumbledore.
Smart guitarists are always looking for ways to avoid anguish as much as possible. When practicing, there is every tendency that you will want to play what you are learning at a very fast pace. May be it is because people say it or because you see professionals do it, but it is bad advice.
If you play too fast when learning, you will become disillusioned with your ability to play when you want to start applying what you have learned to playing real songs. This can cause you to worry a lot and then anguish begins to set in.
So why not spare yourself the extreme mental pain and try not to sink benefit your anguish. Play things slowly at first and then increase your speed later when you can play what you have learned perfectly.
Source by Samuel Lab