Hi fellow musicians! Today I decided to talk about guitars, since they are a very important part of music afterall. Most of us probably have some kind of “wish list”, where we put things we want to buy, but can’t really afford it. Well, my list mainly consists out of instruments and audio gear, so I’ll share with you some of those guitars that I plan/wish to to buy until next year.
Warning: if you’re looking for affordable guitars, look somewhere else. For example, you can find the best guitars under 2000 right here, but in this post there won’t be any cheap ones, or models for beginners. Let’s get to it!
Fender American Original ’60s Stratocaster
I have always wanted this one. It’s a high end electric guitar and features Fender’s classic look.
It looks absolutely phenomenal and when I heard it live, I knew that was it. I gotta have it!
PRS McCarty 594
It’s crazy expensive, but all for good reasons. I really enjoy looking at it, as I simply love vintage design. It first appeared in 90’s and has a rich history. This is the one I’m getting first.
Fender American Professional Telecaster
The last one on my wish list. I’m not a millionaire afterall.
Who wouldn’t want this one, just look at the colors! I love how they blend from green-ish, white, all the way to golden yellow. Its shape is a bit odd, but I don’t dislike it. This is a great way to wrap my collection (at least for this year (if I manage to buy it)).
Three different guitars, three different stories, three different prices.
This post is inspired by MusicRadar, where I found all of these models. These 3 are some of the most recognized guitars by professional players, and one can just wish to add them to their guitar collection. I hope the day comes soon – the day I collect enough money to buy all of them. It’ll be a great day, indeed.
Not even the most fervent of prayers can get you to the Rock God status you desire without disappointments and obstacles (it gets worse when you see someone just pick up the guitar, and play like a virtuoso). While learning a guitar is admirable, it isn’t an easy process. Even Slash, who didn’t know the difference between a bass and a guitar before he started playing, admits he still takes guitar lessons (several years after blessing us with Sweet child O’ mine, November rain, and MJ’s Give into Me). Let that sink in, and you’ll learn to cut yourself some slack – because that’s really what matters if you want to know how to stay motivated while learning a guitar.
That being said, motivation is not magic and can be tough to sustain even under the best circumstances. Here are some practical ways to stay motivated while mastering the chord.
1. Focus On The Basics First
In his autobiography, Slash says because his guitar teacher could replicate music he’d never heard in a matter of minutes, he wanted to learn to do the same but had a challenge every newbie experiences. He says “Like every overeager beginner, I tried to jump that level (the basics) straigtaway and, like every good teacher, Robert (his teacher then) forced me to master the fundamentals”.These days, Slash can perfectly replicate a new technique in just a few tries. You can ascribe this to either raw talent or years of practice if you like, but you can’t ignore the fact that Slash credits learning the fundamentals for this skill. So spend as much time as you need learning the basics, mastering small things, building consistency and you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to learn the cool stuff later on
2. Track Your Progress
It’s quite easy to underrate your progress, but if you have a recording of previous sessions it’s much easier to see how far you’ve come. This is because, to get better, you’ll need to practice a lot when you’re alone (because no one likes consistently listening to a beginner string a chord) so you’ll most likely be the sole judge of your ability. Having practice sessions recorded can help you notice specific areas you excel at (give yourself a pat whenever you notice this), and where you need more work.
3. Always End On A Positive Note (pun intended)
This means even if you’d been playing poorly all through your practice session, you should play something you’re really good at, just before you put your guitar down for the day.The reason is quite simple – to remind yourself that even if you can’t play like Jimi Hendrix, you’re not entirely hopeless. No one likes being a complete failure. On that note, you should start your guitar journey by learning a piece you really love, since it might be easier to perfect. It’s this piece you’ll use to encourage yourself later on
4. Always Keep Your Guitar In Sight To Serve As a Reminder
Because building a playing habit takes time, patience and whatever help you can get. Learning a guitar usually starts with lots enthusism the first week, and a poor dusty piece of wood confined to the basement, once this enthusism wanes. So as much as possible, try to keep your guitar where you’ll always see it
5. Practice With Others
The best part about playing with others is that while you’ll undoubtedly meet people with more skill than you (whom you can learn from) you’ll also meet those who can’t string a chord to save their life – which is somewhat encouraging to any beginner.Additionally, If you can afford it, pay for private lessons. Good teachers will be able to assess your level better, kick bad playing habits to the curb, and customize lessons to suit your personality.
6. Remember Why You Started
Like learning other new skills, there are high and low points when mastering a guitar. So it’s ok to take a break when you feel you’re burning out. Lastly, It’s important to remember to just enjoy the music. If that means dropping your guitar and attending a concert instead, fine and good. Whatever keeps your creative juices flowing.
It’s not uncommon to hit a plateau and feel your motivation dwindle down. Remember there’s no magic on how to stay motivated while learning a guitar.
What’s important is to embrace consistency and never forget your love of the music. Before you know it, you’d have galloped your way through to the guitar wizardry level you always hoped for
A while ago, someone asked me which two instruments would I pick, if I had to choose between all of those that exist. My answer, of course, was drums and guitar. I feel like these two fit perfectly together and you can jam for days, without any other tools.
Like Asaf, I’m a drummer myself (he’s not behind this website, it’s a fan-made one) and I’ll be talking about music gear, jams, concerts and discussing more cool topics.
“Since arriving in London from Israel at the end of the end of the ’90s, Asaf Sirkis has earned a reputation as one of the world’s premier drummers”
– Ian Patterson, All About Jazz
“Israeli-born drummer and London resident Asaf Sirkis unleashes with thunderous abandon on this hard-hitting fusion offering that harkens back to a time before the genre became codified, diluted and reduced to a critical joke”.
– Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times (USA)
‘The more subtle virtuosity of a Bill Stewart or a Jack DeJohnette is rooted in the subsoil of the music from which it came: it’s something other than athletics. In that context, some really interesting young players to watch are Mark Guiliana from Avishai Cohen’s group in the USA, and Martin France and Asaf Sirkis in the UK.’
– Bill Bruford in Bill Bruford: The Autobiography, 2009, Jawbone Press