Happy New Year from me!
2016 was a fantastic year in terms of teaching and creativity. I had students I’m very proud of head off to University and achieve successful Guitar Grades. I also had an influx of new students to get to know and work with.
I love the freshness of the New Year to take stock and decide what’s important and to get some new goals in place..
With learning to play guitar one of my big lessons came after I had been playing for quite a few years and that was to just pick something, practice, get good at it and learn how to use it.
For me one of those choices was when I started learning to play slide guitar. I had always been overwhelmed with the amount of routes you can take in guitar playing and often that would slow me down as I dabbled and didn’t really feel like I was progressing. I struggled to know my identity and direction as a player.
I learned to make decisions through writing songs. When you write songs you have to make a decision on where to go otherwise the song never gets finished. This is how I learned slide. I picked a slide, a few artists and a song and began to learn.
I then began to experiment with the slide once I had some techniques and understandings down. Then I decided to write songs using my slide.That’s how I came to play slide guitar.
One step at a time. Always.
So my point is this when you’re on your journey of learning… Pick something, however small and do it. This will get you somewhere. Oh, and enjoy…(required!).
So. HAPPY NEW YEAR. Choose a couple of goals and get stuck in. Don’t be put off by the fact that if you set a time limit you may not be ready, this is often the case. You will definitely be closer than you were when you began and that should be enough motivation to keep going. It’s also allowed for you to change your goal if it no longer fits, but, keep moving….
Periodically take a moment to look back at what you now can do. This can be really inspiring!
Best of Luck