Progress on guitar tends to come in two forms:
1) Gradual progress, with skills that you improve gradually over time. This is the bit-by-bit progress you get each day in things like scales, chords etc.
2) Bursts of progress, with skills that tend to stagnate for a while before suddenly becoming much better. This is often what happens with skills like picking technique, and other technical challenges (such as my experience with flamenco rasgueado strumming).
As discussed in the last article
( don't worry, you don't have to read it to understand this article)
, our brain automatically makes assumptions about how much progress we will make.
This can be a good thing, because it gives us an idea of how long we might take to learn something.
However, most of the time these subconscious expectations are way
off, leading to frustration and a feeling of helplessness ("Why can't I learn this?!").
If we could accurately predict exactly what progress we'll make and when - including getting a rough idea of what our motivation will be like at any given point - then we'd be able to smash through almost any challenge without too much trouble.
We'd be able to prepare for plateaus before we hit them, and we'd always know if we were on track to our goals - pretty awesome, right?
In this lesson we're gonna go through some key strategies you can use to predict the results you'll get - and how to use this info to become a better player.