Before I learnt to play the guitar I had no idea that you could teach yourself something from scratch with no help whatsoever.
You don’t need a teacher, you don’t need any books, you don’t need the “Dummy’s Guide”, you don’t need anything…
Acoustic Version of “She Wolf”, by Megadeth
The way I learnt to play the guitar was just by spending time with the guitar every day. I would just noodle away until the music I was playing sounded like the “guitar in my head”.
I came to the conclusion that anyone could play a musical instrument – just like me – if only they spent as much time as I did playing.
But I was wrong.
There was one thing that I had which most people didn’t; Goals.
I had a crystal clear idea in my mind of exactly how fast I wanted to play the guitar, what my vibrato would sound like, what my legato would sound like, the types of distortion and equipment I would use.
There’s two things at play here. The first is that to achieve something then you have to have crystal clear goals that you want to achieve. The second thing is that by having crystal clear goals you need to have developed a point of view. An opinion about what you want to achieve and why. Having a point of view is scary and most people won’t agree with you, but it’s a must if you want to succeed at anything.
So, have you ever sat down and really thought about the following? Because it’s a good start:
- What do you want your life to look like?
- How many holidays do you want a year?
- How much time do you want to spend with your friends and family?
- How much money do you want every month?
- Where do you want to live?
- How many books do you want to read every week?
- What new skills do you want to learn?
If you don’t answer these questions and be honest then you won’t achieve what you really want to in your life.
If I didn’t have goals then maybe I would’ve ended up sounding like this douche bag instead: