Originally Posted by Swirly
Now im not one of those people that expects amazing results overnight but i like to see improvements in the things i do.
Ive been playing the guitar for about 10 months now and i play quite a bit. Since about a month ago i have been playng around 6-8 hours a day, smtimes less (or light tonight, none at all as im washed out and pissed off). Im never happy with my playing, i know people are always never truly satisfied with their playing as they feels somthings always lacking. But im so unhappy with my playing that i feel i couold quite quit, even though the guitar and music is my life, it seems i play for hours on end each day, day in day out and i get nowhere, i somtimes even go backwards. Take a lick i learnt a while back, i can barely play it now, and its not probably even recognisable. I have no speed, no real tecnique, accuracy etc and ive been working on it for months.
I have a freind whos been playing the same time as me, and he basically played scales to a metronome for a couple of weeks and now he can shred like stuff, well good enough for his age and experience at least. And here i am, playing my guts out and playing stuff loads of excersies, and not getting anything,not even a slight piece of enjoyment out of the instrument. Life is somewhat unfair in that way.
Im searching round for a new teacher atm and hopefully a new teacher will help me out as i dont have any joy playing anymore, just the need and want to get better even though im not.
Im just wondering if people ever feel like their wasting their time. Or if theres just somthing ****** up about what im doing ,causes my playing to suffer.
i used to when i would just sit down and try to learn a song from beginning to end.
practice smart, not hard...best advice ever.
when you practice, before, write up a schedule of what you want to accomplish in this day. stay as strict as possible to the times you write in for each area and each day, give yourself some extra time to review what you did the previous day. also, play light on the weeknds (unless you have something that takes up a lot of time during the week and weekends are about the only time you have) and give your hands a rest. like any muscle, when you use your hands, the muscle breaks down, and needs time to regenerate. this time also give your mind a reprieve from working so hard. you need time to clear everything.
record yourself playing, then 2 months later go back to it and see how much youve improved after sticking to a rigid schedule. youll be shocked.
think of it this way. you dont go into a weight room and just start doing random exercises, youll either hurt yourself, get frustrated, or not do anything positive at all. you go in with a schedule and you stick to it, thats where improvement lies.