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Feel The Music When You Play
We always hear the phrases like a guitarist’s “touch” and that one should “feel the music” associated with great players and other musicians but it’s easy to overlook the significance of these particular words. Just pause for a second and think about what they really imply… They are referring to experiencing your body: actually feeling what you are doing. We can rightly assume that there’s a really good reason why words like these have become household terms for talking about great music and as people learning the guitar and hoping to become ever-better as musicians there’s a very important lesson to be learned from these directions.
Music is something that you feel
I play guitar in a covers duo around Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts that includes acoustic guitar, bass, 2 vocals and a stomp box. We often play […]
Think Like a Farmer:
Planting and Watering Seeds
I often like to say to students that learning to play guitar should be simple. I’m choosing my words very carefully here- should be simple. I’m not being smarmy! Instead, I’m just trying to remind both them and me that to reach our guitar goals we just need to plant and water the right kinds of seeds… and that’s all! Everything else we often add is secondary, tiring and in the way, bigtime!
I have found it useful to aspire to the understanding and patience of a good gardener or farmer when it comes to improving my skills… Such a person is happy to do the simple things in the moment that they KNOW will produce the results, the fruit, that they would like. They find enjoyment in PLANTING the seeds and looking forward to the day that will […]
When to Recall Your Reasons for Playing Guitar
It can be really tough to stick with things, trust me I know! It seems to be almost a curse at times that we desire so many things, behaviours and knowledge. With so many great activities to enjoy, places to see, foods to try and people to meet, it does beg the question: how can I still lead a rich life while also treating at least one or two of the activities that I enjoy, quite seriously?
While variety is indeed the spice of life, so also is the deep satisfaction, understanding and host of beneficial qualities that come from sticking with a meaningful pursuit through the good times and the bad… To reach a stage where you can look back and know that you have come a long way down a road that you once looked down, wondering […]
What You See… Is What You’ll Be
I have talked before about how aspiring to the wise attitude of a seasoned farmer is the way to go with approaching guitar practice (or any other practice really) and how getting ourselves to the skill level that we want is really just a matter of planting and watering seeds, allowing time to bring the result to us, provided we actually plant seeds properly and consistently. It’s a really useful attitude to try and adopt because it allows us to place a big ‘X’ on where the real treasure lies!
Focusing in on this matter of planting and watering seeds, what does it mean to do this with our guitar practice?
What are the seeds? And what does watering them even look like?…
The seeds we plant are really the intentions or commands we send to our hands and body that essentially carry the message ‘do this’. ‘This’ […]