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Old 11-25-2017, 07:05 AM   #1
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I don't have any motivation to do anything today, let alone practice playing guitar.
I want to learn, but if I can give up so easily, maybe I truly don't want to that much if I can let my lack of motivation get in the way of learning it?
What's even the point of playing anyway? At the end of the day, I'll still be the same person with the same problems with the same life because nothing outside of yourself can truly help or change you.

So why do YOU play guitar or any other musical instrument? What is YOUR reason? What is YOUR MOTIVATION?
What was your life like before you picked up a musical instrument and said "I'm going to play this properly!"?
If you hadn't of in the first place, where do you think you would be and what would you be doing instead?
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Old 11-25-2017, 07:24 AM   #2
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Desire is the basic driving force behind every major player I have learned of or known . Doesn't matter
what the instrument is either .

Consider :

You are a proficient kid musician and learn one then a second and a third . All done before I was 8/9 years .
First the humble harmonica ( 10 hole diatonic ) and soon played what I heard on the radio that was at 4 .
Then at 6 I stumbled and began noodling on guitar and basically sucked cause I was a little kid trying to play
a 1950's Gibson dreadnought , but I kept noodling .

At 8 trumpet and the school marching band .

Then - - at 12 3 broken milk bottle's ruin my guitar chording hand to the tune of a 36 year wait for the last
painful pieces of milk bottle glass to come out and - - -

Yeah - -so I get the second chance and this time @ 48 I wonder if I can really cut it .

Bottom line is this put simply - -

How Bad You Want It ?

Put in the time - the more you put in - the more you get out .

It's 19 years later man - - I'm rockin Jazz / Standards /Blues / RNR / Rock-A-Anything /
World Beat and working on EDM & DubStep / no limits man IMHO YMMV though.

I gotta wonder just how bad you do really want it ?

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Old 11-25-2017, 08:01 AM   #3
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If you don't want to play the guitar I'd say, don't play the guitar. I do it because it's relaxing and because I like to learn things.

I don't make myself do it though. I'm not in a band, I can't sing, I don't generally perform for anyone else. I like guitars, I like music theory, and sometimes I'll learn a song.

It does give you something to focus on. I played as a kid and didn't start again until years later after I got divorced and lived where the weather is bad in the winter. I gave me something to do.

I have gone years without doing much with it and years where I play around with it a lot.

If you have no motivation for it don't do it. Do something that you have more motivation for.
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Old 11-25-2017, 01:44 PM   #4
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Old 11-25-2017, 02:35 PM   #5
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I don't know. It's just what I do.
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Old 11-25-2017, 03:04 PM   #6
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I have heard similar stories to my own.

When you first pick up a guitar it automatically has a hold over you, you don't want to put it down, it occupies most of your thoughts. You play beyond the pain in your finger tips & wrists , you are bewitched. You can't wait to get away from work, school, & people so you can play your guitar. If your schedule allows, you play for hours everyday. You don't need motivation-you are completely addicted. You can never imagine no longer owning a guitar or playing music. It's in your blood. It changes you.
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Old 11-25-2017, 03:27 PM   #7
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Old 11-25-2017, 04:14 PM   #8
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I see a couple of things wrong here. You list yourself as "Pre" beginner, there is no such thing unless you've never picked up a guitar before. So give yourself a little credit and call yourself a bonafied beginner.

2nd. if you can, keep your guitar on a stand near where you sit in the house, sometimes even having to take it out of the case is too much work.

3rd, if you can, find someone that is looking for a playing partner. Check craigslist under musicians. If you can't find someone on a skill level like you are on see if you can hook up with a local band and offer to carry and help set up their equipment for gigs (for free). Just sitting on the side and watching you'll learn a few things, you'll meet people with the same interests. You'll overhear ways of making a chord change easier or even a way to cheat if need be.

One day prior to practice one guitar player will arrive before the others, ask how you play any simple 3 chord song, if the guy/gal is a normal person they will gladly show you, then play along with you until the others arrive.

You have to give something to get something, nothing is free, but the above mentioned will help motivate and push you towards the goal of being a player. Good luck!
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Old 11-25-2017, 05:46 PM   #9
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I play because when I heard people playing, I had to learn how to do that myself. I think the first guitar song I heard that made me want to play, was when I was a little kid in the early 70's, I heard the song Johnny B. Good, I was probably 5 or 6, then later, when I was in my teens, I remembered that and suddenly got the urge to 'have to' play.
The sound of the guitar, every note... tone, etc. sounds cool to me, I enjoy even just playing notes or riffs and hearing the tone.
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I love music. I play a half a dozen instruments, but guitar is my primary because I've spent the most time with it and am the most proficient with it. It is a great instrument because it is a portable, full range instrument that can accompany my voice. While the piano/keyboard can fill the same role sonically, it's not portable.
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