Are you questioning your musical life? Do you feel there’s no way you’ll ever shred faster, play cleaner, or write a good song?
Fear not, guitar friend. We all feel that way sometimes.
The truth is, self-doubt is completely normal, especially for musicians, and I believe it’s actually necessary to project us to the place we’re meant to arrive. If times never got tough, we’d never know what it felt like when things were going well. In fact, you should consider your feelings of uncertainty a sign that you’re destined to make great music. After all, if you didn’t really care about playing guitar, you wouldn’t hit these emotional walls of despair from time to time.
If self-doubt and lack of confidence weren’t factors, Kurt Cobain never would’ve inspired the grunge movement, Robert Johnson wouldn’t have had a reason to feel the blues, and countless other musicians would only have joy and happiness influencing their music, which aren’t always the right ingredients for creativity.
So, should you just quit playing guitar? The answer is simple: NO.
Tyler Larson is the founder of the guitar-centric website Music is Win. His entertaining guitar-related content receives hundreds of thousands of video views on Facebook per month, and his online guitar courses tout more than 1,500 students with a cumulative 4.7 rating on Udemy. Get in touch with Tyler on Facebook, watch more of his guitar lessons and vlogs on YouTube, and follow him on Twitter and Instagram.