4 Guitar Goals That Are Simple To Achieve

Published: 18th May 2012
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The 4 guitar goals I've listed below are written for anyone who has a desire to learn how to play great music. You do not need to be especially gifted, nor extremely talented, in order to benefit from these suggestions. After putting them into practice you should expect to see the results confirmed by an overall improvement in your playing.

Simple Guitar Goal #1:


Best - "most desirable, suitable, advantageous"

Having the best equipment does not mean that you need to buy the most expensive guitar you can afford. It does mean however, that you should only settle for the right size, easiest to play, most comfortable and best suitable guitar you can find.

So do yourself a favor by taking time to learn about the different options available to you. Determine your budget and then visit music stores, ask questions and read customer reviews on name brand guitars that interest you.

In addition to a guitar, other standard equipment you will need includes:

cleaning kit
instruction book

For Electric Guitar Add:


Simple Guitar Goal #2:


Quality - "That which distinguishes one person or thing from others;
excellence, superiority"

Your mind and your fingers will turn the information you absorb into the music you make.

Poor instruction may produce inferior results. Therefore, it is important to find the best guitar lesson resources you can in order to ensure you receive a quality education. These resources could include...

a private guitar instructor
online lessons with a reputable guitar coach/website
Guitar books, CDs, DVDs, etc.
Other guitar players

Determine what you want to learn on the guitar after you get the basics down.

For example, some people are only interested in playing acoustic guitar while others only want to play electric guitar. Then there are those of us who enjoy playing both. Most people will tend to gravitate to one type more than the other. If you're not sure, consider the style of music you like to listen to (country, rock, blues, classical, etc.) and go from there.

Simple Guitar Goal #3:


Effective- "producing a desired result; efficient"

The key to effective practice lies in learning how to set goals and establish priorities.

1. Setting Goals

Examples of short-term goals could include...

learning the names of the guitar strings
developing calluses
learning how to tune the guitar
playing a simple melody

Setting short-term goals will allow you to see faster results. Always make it a habit to acknowledge any progress you make. This will help you stay motivated during the process of learning new things.

Examples of long-term goals might include learning...

classical guitar
the lead to Stairway to Heaven
barre chords
jazz guitar
mastering a difficult style, rhythm, or technique

Setting long-term goals will keep you moving forward with a purpose in mind. It will also provide direction so you can focus your attention on the most important areas to practice first.

2. Establishing Priories

Simply put, if you really want to learn how to play guitar, then you need to make this goal your #1 priority. Establish a practice time and place where you will be free from other distractions and responsibilities. Turn off your cell phone. Turn off the TV. Let this goal take precedence over other activities of lesser importance so that you can have time to concentrate and enjoy learning how to play the music.

Simple Guitar Goal #4:


Make no mistake about it, learning how to play the guitar can be very
challenging. It doesn't matter how gifted you are. There will be times when you will get discouraged. There will be times when you won't want to practice.

There will be times when you will want to quit. But having a positive attitude can make all the difference in the world!

When things get tough, try to remember why you wanted to learn guitar in the first place. What, or who inspired you? Listen to some music by your favorite artist, go to a concert, or perhaps visit some of your guitar buddies.

Another thing you can try when you are facing difficulties, or feeling unmotivated, is to shorten your practice sessions and simplify things for awhile. Review some of the material you already know how to play. This can give you a boost of confidence. Then, take a deep breath, set some new goals and keep on going!

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