On Practicing – Sept. 2020

I’ve been playing guitar for a long time. And, I teach a lot of guitar players that haven’t played for very long (comparatively).

Learning to play is a lot of work, and for the most part it’s very solitary work, so “the public” only sees the “finished” product.

As a teacher, I can tell that it is difficult for students (especially adult students) to believe that I have had, and continue to have, all those same challenges that they have. I’m not special, I’ve just been doing it for a long time. The work isn’t any easier, I just know how to do the work.

Here is a short excerpt of a tune I recently wrote. It has a part right in the middle where my fingers need to make a move that they are not familiar with. Now it’s time for me to take my own advice! Slow down. Play with intention. Don’t let your habit take over because your habit doesn’t know it.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve played this very short section over the past couple days. Finally, it’s starting to come together.

It’s taken a lot of work. The work is the thing to do.

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