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Stuck in a rut?
November 4, 2011

We’ve all been there. You’ve been stuck at what feels like the same level for a month, frustration builds and you feel like there’s no point in continuing to push on. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been playing for 10 months or 10 years, everyone reaches this at some stage. Learning on your own, without lessons or an instructor can make this worse.

A good guitar teacher will know how to talk you through the rough patch, and how to keep making progress. I personally start by pointing out the progress made already. A superb way of boosting a students moral is to grab a song that he or she learned a year ago, and asking them to play it now. The ease with which it is played and picked up again always brings a shy but pleased smile to the face!

Picking up on small bit totally, utterly vital things is also the tutors role. These things can seem to be harmless, idiomatic technique variations but to the trained eye can be seen as roadblocks to progress. Common examples of this are fretting hand thumb position, picking angle and playing body position.

Never mind what they are though. This little things are nearly always the cause. Nobody, repeat, nobody reaches the ‘limit’ of their ability. With dedication, practice and the right teacher, everyone always has room for improvement and satisfaction.

So if you’re stuck, with or without a teacher, get to working on these little things. If you can’t find anything, evem two or three lessons with a good professional can lead you to kick on. Who knows, you might even find them useful enough to stick with!

Good luck

/harry