a guitarist and a guitar teacher. You
might imagine a stereotypical character… one that carries his guitar case
around with him everywhere he goes.
Someone that is ready to serenade at the drop of a hat. But nothing could be farther from the actual
truth. I don’t always want to play the
guitar. I’ve gone stretches of days and
weeks without playing in the past.
Sometimes I am just not in the mood to even look at a guitar, much less
play one. I wish that this weren’t true,
but it is. And I’ve learned to live with
it, and with myself and my own mental and emotional quirks.
doesn’t mean that I do not love to play guitar.
I absolutely enjoy and adore playing… most of the time. As you begin to
practice more and more, you will find that it is less and less of a routine,
and more and more of a love in your life.
You will look at your guitar as a friend, a companion. It eventually seems to take on a life of its
own. You reach for it at certain times,
when you’re lonely, or frustrated, or even happy. And it brings a sense of peace and
contentment as you are able to create a melody or tune.
is definitely a learning curve and a time of adjustment. You feel awkward with your guitar at
first. It is like a stranger to
you. You may even experience some pain
and discomfort in playing. But most of
the time, this is a natural occurrence.
Being able to exercise control over your instrument does not happen
overnight. In fact, you may feel as if
it is controlling or overwhelming you.
It is at these times that you must persist and press on. You will eventually win this battle, and you
will come to a place where it is no longer a difficult experience, but one of
enjoyment and even excitement.
Segovia said it well
: “The guitar is the easiest instrument to play, and the hardest one to play
well.” Do not get discouraged in your
journey to play the guitar. Do not count
it a six-week or eight-week goal. Count
it as a lifetime pursuit. If you aim
high, and do not give up, you will see results soon. It will eventually get easier, not
harder. You will begin to be able to
play notes, and chords, and songs. And
maybe even create your own tunes.
sell yourself short. I’ve “quit” playing
many times, but not forever. I’ve always
picked it back up again. After a season,
I’ve always been drawn back to my guitar.
I enjoy holding it, playing it, feeling my fingers glide across the
strings, and hearing the melodies coming from it. It’s a joy.
And it will be for you too.