Obsession with learning guitar!

You know a hobby’s a keeper when rather than being most enthusiastic at the start and then gradually losing interest over the first few months, you find yourself becoming more and more obsessed with it! I think I might need help, find myself thinking about playing almost all the time :joy: the more I learn, the more I wanna know, practice, and play

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I hear you loud and clear. For me it’s a lifestyle.

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That’s a great attitude to have. I suggest to still take it one day at a time to avoid burn out. Playing guitar is awesome. Give yourself time to absorb everything. Good luck! The Justin Guitar method is the best I’ve seen around.

Jeff

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That’s exactly why I started scheduling one day off from playing each week. Before I did that, I was starting to find myself making excuses to skip practicing. With one scheduled day off, I don’t feel guilty about taking that day off, and I stay fresh and enthusiastic.

I might sometimes use that day to look up chord charts for new songs I’m considering trying, or change strings, but I don’t play.

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Pretty much the same for me as well…and if I wake up at night I find myself silently practising a strumming pattern or a melody in my head…:hushed: …I’m forcing a couple of days a week off from practice, I think it does me good :blush:

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I don’t understand that if you are in the lucky circumstances to be able and allowed to play every day you will not play for one or more (???) days, I see that as lost hours that you can never make up for,… .do you want to do something else, well do it, but denying yourself playing time is completely beyond me…
Good luck to everyone, and enjoy playing the guitar :wink: :sunglasses: :sunflower:
Greetings,Rogier

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Yeah love the drive but make sure you set goals and set out a good path. Otherwise you might end up with a “guitar burn out” after a couple of months. Be methodical in both learning and planning!

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Yeah I suppose you do whatever makes you happy, given lifestyle, goals, motivations etc. If you’re making good progress and you’re happy with it, and how it fits in with your life, then its working. Everyone’s different.
Having said that, I couldn’t imagine not picking up a guitar in a 24hr period. I think there’a lot of merit in daily playing, even if its only for 10 minutes. Steve Stine, a prominent guitar teacher puts it this way…" pick up the guitar on the days that you eat".

Cheers, Shane

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I play any day I’m at home, I figure I might as well and it makes me feel good :relaxed: My practice routine is usually around 30mins so it’s easy to find the time. I know there’ll always be occasions when I’m away from home and am unable to play, so those give me some natural breaks once in a while.

It’s only an obsession if you play guitar instead of eating or drinking and have abandoned your job and family because of it. Otherwise, play on playa! :guitar:

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Crikey! That’s a serious obsession if it gets that far :unamused:
Although I must admit, being a divorced man and living alone, (not because of the guitar)!
I do have to consider how any new relationship would impact my playing time.
Crazy really!

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HI, I like you am obsessed. I practice everyday. I’m finding though that my ability to replicate the things that I learn is the frustrating bit. I think it may be because I’ve never tried to make my hands do anything as precise and repetitive as playing guitar, so there’s a disconnect between what I know and what I can do. It does improve with practice, so I think, for me at least, the key is practice. Attempting songs is the key for me, even when it seems a bit overwhelming, it’s where I see the biggest jumps in ability. I am loving this process.

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I have the same “problem!” May there never be a cure!

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Yeah for me it feels a bit like 2 steps forward, 1 step back sometimes. I find though that those days where I regress and forget how to play things I already learnt, are followed the next day by a leap forward in something else. So I guess even if you feel you don’t make progress sometimes, your brain is still busy learning!

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Agreed, it’s a meandering path with an uncertain destination. But a fun one to be on.

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