15 Questions Every Guitar Player Should Ask Themselves
Because hitting a wall when it comes to motivation and self-belief is inevitable for all musicians, asking yourself some important questions will help keep you on track to playing success.
I'm calling it - if you're a guitar player, sooner or later you're going to lose your mojo.
The thing is, hitting a wall when it comes to motivation, inspiration, and self-belief is inevitable for any musician. And unless you recognize it yourself, you can quickly fall into a destructive downward spiral.
You stop progressing, you stop enjoying. You feel a pang of dread in the pit of your stomach when you even think about picking up your guitar.
You know what though?
It's totally normal.
“Change the questions you ask, the way you view the issue will be transformed and innovation will start.”
- Isaac You
To help you overcome any lulls and keep you on the right path to succeeding all of your playing goals, ask yourself these 15 questions.
#1. What inspired you and made you want to learn guitar in the first place?
#2. What are some of your long term playing goals?
#3. If you could achieve anything you wished for with your guitar playing, what would it be?
#4. How does playing guitar make you feel?
#5. If you could give someone considering learning guitar one tip or piece of advice that's helped you the most, what would it be?
#6. What's one of the trickiest chord shapes you've learned so far and why?
“The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.”
- BB King
#7. If you could be any famous musician, who would it be?
#8. At the end of most weeks, do you feel like the time went by so quickly that you didn't get as much practice in as you'd have liked?
#9. If you answered yes to the above, what do you think are the reasons you didn't play as much?
#10. When working on a new technique or skill, are you a - "that'll do" or, "I'll play it 500 more times if I have to till it sounds perfect" kind of guy/gal?
#11. What three skills make a great guitar player?
#12. How do you work on each of those three skills when you practice?
#13. Have you ever played songs to friends and family? If you answered no, why not?
#14. Have you ever performed live at a gig or open mic night, or are planning to as one of your long term goals? If you answered no, why not?
#15. What one thing today are you going to do to help you get one step closer to fulfilling your answers in question 2?
“Part of being successful is about asking questions and listening to the answers.”
- Anne Burrell
Summing It Up
Now that you've answered these questions, be inspired and go grab the bull by the horns. Within you is the power to achieve whatever your personal goals are at playing guitar, and life! Just remember -
“Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you. Most of all, other people can’t stop you. Only you can stop you.” - Jeffrey Gitomer