New Year’s Goals for Guitarists
New Year’s resolutions for guitar players
The holidays are always a happy season for most people. But when the New Year begins, it’s time to hit the ground running. Setting New Year resolutions helps to keep you focused on specific goals and gives you a sense of purpose. The only challenge is achieving the goals, with studies showing that only about 8% of us stick to resolutions beyond the first 2 weeks.
Luckily, several effective methods help you adapt to new habits and achieve long-term goals. This New Year is rich with opportunities to make you a more skilled guitar player.
Here are the top New Year’s resolutions for guitarists to consider:
Set meaningful, achievable goals
Think about what you sincerely want to achieve as a guitar player. Set concrete goals like improving lead guitar skills or broaden your musical connections. If you set a goal that you don’t want, it will just become another task and quickly become tedious. It helps to start by things you enjoy as the more you achieve, the more confident you become that you can succeed.
Keep a music journal
An effective way to track your progress is by writing a practice journal to document your progress. You can track how much time it takes to learn something so that you can allocate enough time and be realistic when organizing your schedule. For every session, bring it along, so you have a place to note down ideas and encourage your thought process.
Find a practice space
Creating a dedicated practice space is an excellent way to visualize your goals, and it also encourages you to practice more often and have more productive sessions with minimal distractions. The space doesn’t have to be large if the essential items fit. A good chair, music stand, and guitar stand are key items to have in your practice space.
Perform something this year
One of the most challenging obstacles for most instrument learners is overcoming stage fright. Playing in front of people helps you gain confidence even when you make mistakes in the process. You’ll notice that the more you play, the less you’ll fumble and tremble.
Record your music
Recording your music helps you keep your music through various stages in life, even if it’s not original. Try looking for some recording studios in your area that are affordable. If you can’t find any, you can install recording software on your computer.
Learn a song in a new style or genre
Being an all-rounded guitar player is the goal, but most people struggle with mastering different styles of music. This year, decide to learn to play a different music style to broaden your perspective and acquire new skills. It will empower you with a new approach, so you’ll be able to note certain aspects you hadn’t noticed before. The idea is to get out of your comfort zone as it’s the only way you’ll improve your skills and make you more versatile.