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How to murder your guitar life before it even starts

There’s a problem today for guitar students that is devastating.

Welcome to the Distraction Age

It’s called distraction.

Here’s how distraction destroys guitar hopefuls time and time again:

Jeff is in love with music. So he decides to pick up a guitar and start practicing.

He’s excited and can’t wait to learn more about his favorite new instrument. He gets a few books, looks at a few videos, reads a few websites, and then starts to practice some of the things he’s learned.

The next day, his friend Sam emails him a video of some dude in his bedroom shredding to Beethoven.

“Holy crap” he says, “That is amazing. I gotta learn how to do that.”

And just like that…

Jeff has now forgotten about the song he was working on last week and is hard at work on the new one he saw on Youtube.

This process continues for the next year. By the end of one year, Jeff is confused as to why he still sucks at guitar, when all he knows are a few parts to a bunch of songs — none of which he could ever nail down and master.

Sacrifice 99%

In an era where we are drowned in information and entertainment, the only way to actually learn something is to sacrifice 99.9% of all your options.

You have to commit to something. To burn the bridges to everything else.

You’re gonna see an inspiring guitarist doing crazy stuff on Youtube every week. A new great song will get stuck in your head every week. Your favorite guitar website will have a new practice routine for “building your chops” every week. Guitar magazines will put ten new songs for you to get lost in every month.

The fact is, book publishers, youtube posters, guitar mags, and whoever else… do not have your specific needs in mind. They are not looking after you with the best intentions.

Bottom line: They do not have your back.

In fact, even most guitar TEACHERS do not want you to know the truth:

There is more information on WHAT to learn than you could EVER learn in your life.

And there’s probably no way you can learn even 1% of it correctly, if you are getting something NEW to learn every week.

So why do most guitar “teachers” overload you with more than you can actually learn?

The answer is simple:

Money

Many guitar teachers are actually “starving” musicians themselves. They teach on the side — ONLY to make money.

Not because they actually care about their students making progress.

In reality, they know nothing about teaching. Especially about teaching the thing that matters most for beginners…

How to get your goddamn fingers to do what you want! How to train your body.

That would only take a few lessons, and then you’d never have to have another lesson.

So to make it LOOK LIKE they’re teaching you a lot every week, they load you up with more theory than you can even remember.

Then they’ll LIE TO YOU by saying you NEED all that theory to be a great guitar player.

If they gave you a song and just watched you practice it, you’d feel ripped off, and leave.

Yet, as I mention in the newsletter… that’s exactly what you NEED to be doing about 80% of the time. Not the theory.

And the combined effect of all this is it will kill your guitar career before it even starts.

The options never end. The only thing that might end is your enthusiasm for learning.

I hope this sends the message home, loud and clear:

Sacrifice 99%. Focus hard on a few things that matter to YOU. Never learn anything you don’t like hearing.

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Streambeater May 27, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Whoa…. Jeff is me.

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jeff November 1, 2011 at 1:19 pm

So how do we sift through the bs and find the one percent to focus on?

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Johnny November 12, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Hey Jeff,

Try to spend “periods” of time where you focus on nothing but one style/genre for a few weeks, months, or years. Make sure you pick music you absolutely dig and settle for nothing less. It will increase the chances of overlap in theory and techniques so you’ll get a chance to nail em down for good. You’ll also have the most fun doing it. If you want to try new styles, make sure you spend enough time in the first one before moving on (hence sacrifice the 99% for until that happens).

~Johnny

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Matt December 16, 2011 at 8:12 am

Dude, these articles and emails really help me stay focused. This is my third time picking up the guitar in the past five years, but I’ve been learning more this time around than ever before. Call me crazy, but man, you’re frickin’ right on with this stuff. Keep them coming! And thank you!

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valdo December 17, 2011 at 4:01 pm

great advice this can be put to any other instrument like the piano or any skill for that matter

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Shahab February 23, 2012 at 10:52 am

you are right.thanks man.the thing is i knew it but i didnt know that i know !!!! you enlightened me.

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