Messing Up on Guitar (and Why It Doesn’t Matter)

Sometimes when we’re ripping some licks on guitar, we can get caught in our own heads and psyche ourselves out, causing mistakes in our playing.

While this is obviously not the desired result, it’s something even the best guitarists deal with.

There’s one simple thing that separates great guitar players from good ones, however. Playing with passion and fervor is your express ticket to the top of the guitar-playing mountain.

We’re human; we make mistakes (even Guthrie Govan). The ability to push through those mistakes and even turn them into intentional notes validates the mindset of Miles Davis where “There are no wrong notes.”

Of course, you should practice and try to become the best guitar player you can be; I’m not telling you to just hit duds all the time. Beethoven said, “To play a wrong note is insignificant. To play without passion is inexcusable.”

Don’t keep a mistake-o-meter in your head. Just pour your soul out on the strings and you’ll find a much easier path to reaching your potential.

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.

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