How to become a guitarist: three essential traits


Some guitarists are nothing short of magnetic. Their presence can be felt from across the room, and when they play, time seems to stand still. Why is this? And how can you become a guitarist that inspires joy and vibrancy in all who hear you play?

Let’s take a look at three essential traits those looking to become a guitarist should develop. Some may come naturally, while others may require a bit more work.

Let’s get started.

Confidence is key

Confidence is key, especially when performing. Whether you’re the lead guitarist in a rock band, just one component of a classical ensemble, or sitting your Initial Grade exam, appearing confident and in control boosts your presence and inspires those around you.

Of course, this is easier said than done.

If you’re not a naturally confident performer, be sure to practice over and over again. Practice in your room and practice in front of others. Practice the pieces you will be performing until you know them inside and out. If you’re working on a particularly hard composition, give these tips a try.

Even if you practice as much as possible, it’s still very normal to feel nervous or overwhelmed. In this case, fake it until you make it. Put on a brave face and play your very best. It’s this resilience that’ll help you reach your full potential as a musician.

Technical aptitude is essential

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There is a common misconception that guitarists don’t need typical musical skills like reading sheet music – this simply isn’t true.

These basic tools and theoretical principles ultimately help you develop into a more well-rounded, technically advanced player. You’ll be equipped to play just about any musical style, as well as have the knowledge you need to express your own creativity and create original compositions.

If you want to become a guitarist to play rock’n’roll in front of a live audience, you will still benefit from more traditional training. Remember, it’s only when you know the rules that you can break them effectively.

Passion is invaluable

There is not a great guitarist out there that isn’t passionate about their instrument. Passion is the magic ingredient – you can be the most confident, technically adept player in the world, but without passion, becoming a guitarist can be difficult.

Remember, having passion for the guitar doesn’t mean practicing 24 hours a day. In fact, feeling unmotivated and uninspired is completely normal. It’s your ability to rediscover your motivation and fall back in love with your instrument that’ll help you become the guitarist you’ve always wanted to be.

Start your guitar journey today

The Steve Flack Guitar Academy makes it easy to become a guitarist. You can access world-class guitar lessons that follow the Trinity College London music education system right from the comfort of your own home. You can progress at your own pace and take your exams (if you choose to) at a time that suits you.

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