There are multiple methods to learn how to play guitar. This method is one of the best because it cuts out some of the pressure and inadequacy that one may encounter from general videos or learning towards a social goal. The reason for this is that the guitar in particular is a social instrument. Not all instruments are social instruments and their entertainment quality is classical in scope. With the guitar, a person can learn their approach to its craft and then entertain friends and audiences. Often, the motivation to entertain is behind guitar playing.
Learning to discern the emotional drive for playing the guitar is an important step to developing a healthy learning relationship with the guitar. What I mean by healthy learning relationship is that individuals learn differently, which is why we require multiple types of tutorials in order to teach a subject. This blog post focuses on one approach to learning guitar: emotion.
Instead of first talking about practice, chords, and time put into learning the basics, this approach asks individuals to discern and name their emotions as they are learning. The reason for this is that musical learning is a highly emotional process. Music is a way in which emotions, thoughts, and complex expressions are channeled into palpable communications and art. Understanding and identifying emotion and desires helps to move the process forward.
These basic three steps are about using emotions to propel an individual to success with the guitar:
Step 1: Love the guitar
It is important to choose and love to play to guitar. The reasons that a person want to play the guitar greatly impact their ability to learn, the way they learn, and the pace at which they improve. Those who love the guitar and learn from a genuine place of love have an easier time moving past learning obstacles but the guitar becomes a play where they can temporarily absorb all of their emotions.
Step 2: Let your practice be love
In other words, practice from a place of love and understand that all of the tools of practicing are part of love. When individuals dedicate a specific amount of time to practice as a discipline, developing a love for the discipline is the easiest way to ensure consistent progress. It is a mental technique that supports individuals to provide intensity of focus.
Step 3: Set goals for how you want to demonstrate your success
Goals are important and it is important to set practice goals and social goals for learning the play the guitar. The key here is to set the goals and be honest about the emotional journey towards to goal. This will help individuals to grow but also to reach the goal is way that is good for them because they are doing it from their hearts and not their egos. The idea here is that music is a matter of their heart and learning music is a matter of the heart, discipline, and the deeper unconscious recesses of the mind.
In conclusion, this post advocates for an emotional intelligence approach to learning to play the guitar. The idea that emotion can drive effective practice in musical learning is well established, yet something that is not widely discussed outside of formal educational programs such as hiring a professional tutor or taking a class. This is one of the most important aspects of serious musical learning that is often overlooked, but helps individuals to learn in their natural way and to find a way of learning that is good for them. From this place, individuals can discern what tutorials and learning tools can support them in their practice.