a guitarists journey

A Guitarists Journey: Enjoying The Milestones

By Tyrone Mayer
In Apr 7, 2021

A guitarists journey and even musicians in general share the idea that they are never done. There is always one more piece, another technique, an alternate phrase, better tone, and, a plethora of other things. These ideas coupled with the selfish nature of learning an instrument the tendency can be to focus on deficiencies instead of what we have accomplished. Why is this? I know that I am guilty of it myself, yet when I am teaching, I focus on what my students have accomplished because I can see in them that they only realize what they have left to do, learn or accomplish. A guitarists journey is never complete but can be made easier in the long run.

A Guitarists Journey Part 1: Always Look Back

Instead of always learning new music, go back. Revisit a piece you learned some time ago. By this I do not mean a month, six months or even a year. If you have been playing long enough, go back three years.! My guess is that you will enjoy playing through the study or any other piece you learned and realizing how far you have come. This time when you are learning try applying all of the ideas you have learned, hear things in new ways, play it differently than you did then and experience how far you have come as a player. As existential as this sounds, it is incredibly gratifying!

A Guitarists Journey Part 2: Never Forget 

We play guitar so we can play and make music. Connect with people in a different way than is possible through any other form of communication. Enjoy the journey you have traveled so far, look back from time to time and do not get caught up in where you are going all the time. It is incredible rewarding to revisit pieces and can reveal how far you have come and possible make the path you need to continue on clearer!

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