Don't Quit: 5 Ways to Keep Playing
Quit-proof yourself by using these important tips to help stay on track.
By Nick Stoubis
The average drop out timeframe for learning a new instrument is three months. Don't be a statistic. Follow these suggestions to make yourself quit-proof.
1. Do the Hard Stuff First–Don't Put It Off
Don’t avoid the hard stuff, because this is what will make you a better player. When you start to see results you will be less likely to quit.
2. Don't Rush It
You will not learn how to play on the first day. Playing 10 minutes a day for two weeks is better than playing an hour a day for three days. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Stay the course and you will be able to look back and be proud of how far you’ve come.
3. There Will Be Frustration
It’s inevitable. You may plateau and get frustrated. Prepare for it. Learn to break things down into manageable chunks. Stay as positive as possible. Take breaks and come back to it fresh. Persist and you will break through.
4. Take Action Daily
Practice consistently and you will get better. Not sticking with a consistent practice schedule is where most new players fall short–don’t let that be you.
5. Identify a Song That You Want to Play
Break down the steps you need to get there. Learn the chords, learn the techniques, practice in sections and start with the easiest parts first.
Your goals will change over time, but making a conscious decision to stick with it will get you there. Playing guitar takes some effort, and if you quit too soon, you will never find out how good you possibly could be.