To play guitar well, your hands and fingers need to learn a vast amount of intricate movements. They have to develop strength, dexterity, and flexibility, and they need to communicate and coordinate with each other in heaps of different ways.
You have to remember chord shapes, scale patterns, rhythms, and theory. And you need to unearth the commitment to practice through sore fingers and the frustrations of slow progress. Learning guitar has never been easy, and it never will be easy.
I don’t tell you this to put you off, I tell you this to fire you up.
Unrealistic expectations are when your expectations fail to match up to your reality. When it comes to guitar, an unrealistic expectation is believing that learning will be easy. If you believe this, you’ll fail to give the learning process the respect it deserves. What follows is not enough focus, attention, or effort, and an increase in frustration and pessimism.
On the other hand, when your expectations match reality, things are aligned and healthy. When you understand that learning to play guitar is difficult, you give it the respect and effort it deserves. You’re more patient with the process and tolerant of mistakes. Things are difficult, and it all takes time, but you expect this, so it’s absolutely fine. In fact, it’s so fine, that it’s actually fun, fulfilling, and rewarding!
Don’t fall prey to the whole “guitar is easy” mantra because it it’s a lie! If somebody tells you that guitar is easy, it’s either because they’re showoffs or they want to sell you something.
Like any musical instrument, learning to play guitar is difficult and it takes time and effort to improve and play well. But just because it’s difficult, doesn’t mean to say it’s not fun – because it’s HEAPS of fun once you know what to expect.