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Whenever starting something new, the gulf between what you know, and what you don’t know, and what you don’t know you don’t know, can be a big source of stress.

The deeper you dive into music, the deeper you realize music goes. A person can spend a lifetime trying to get to “the bottom” or climb to “the top” and they can drive themselves crazy in the process.

Shed Self Doubt

It’s important that on top of all your practicing you take care of your mental state as a musician. Oftentimes when people quit guitar it’s not for any lack of skill or talent. Rather, it’s self doubt. So work to shed that and know that if you didn’t believe you had it in you to play, you wouldn’t have started in the first place.

People often quit because they lose faith in themselves; or they’re intimidated by the infinite possibilities of the instrument and don’t know where to begin. As someone who has quit guitar several times, that’s always been the case for me.

Develop a Strong Beginner Mentality. Enjoy the Journey

So what is the beginner mentality? It’s accepting that one person cannot fully master anything in their lifetime. It’s accepting that you won’t play everything that can ever be played. It’s accepting that the joy and beauty in music is not found at the end, but along the way, and it’s accepting that you will always be “on the way.”

If you’ve picked up your instrument in order to be the best, you might as well put it down right now. As Qui-Gon Jinn so wisely stated: “There’s always a bigger fish.” There will always be someone who can outplay you, who knows more theory than you, who can play faster than you.

It’s not about being the best, it’s just about being good. A beginner can be good and, through hard work, consistency, and humility, you can get as far into music as you wish as long as you maintain that beginner mentality. Ready to get good, work hard and develop consistency in your play? Jamplay can help with guitar lessons from world class teachers in every genre and for every level. Get your beginner mentality set, grab your guitar and get ready to get good.

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