The 3 "P's" - PATIENCE, PRACTICE & PERSEVERANCE
These are absolutely key to me!
- Remember it takes everybody time to learn to play an instrument. Be realistic in your expectations. Don't be annoyed with yourself if you feel you can't master the left hand fingering or right hand picking techniques at the outset.
- As much as you can and enjoy it! This is the key factor that determines how quickly you develop your ability. A little and often is best. Don't play for hours and hours on end if you're tired. Don't view it as a chore.
- This is the key and the most difficult one of all. STICK
at it and DON'T GIVE UP! When things seem difficult remember how far you've come and you can now do some things you found difficult earlier on. We have to "train" our fingers and hands to do what we want so battle on and you WILL
Buy a guitar stand and keep your guitar in view
Such a simple thing but having a guitar stand makes it so much easier just to pick up and play the instrument at a whim. If it's locked away in it's case you just won't bother to play it as often.
Learn to play the musical pieces in "bits"
Most musical pieces that you want to play will have some harder sections to play than others. Don't try to play the piece from start to finish at the outset. If you're daunted, pick out easier bits first and then slowly master the sections (measures/bars) that are most difficult at your own pace. Like a jigsaw, you'll then put all the sections together and find you can play the piece in its entirety.