Thursday, March 29, 2007

Practice makes...

I’ve started something radical to improve my guitar playing. Practicing. It’s a pretty intense concept, I know.
It’s not that I don’t already practice, it’s just that for a while now it’s just been about keeping up what I know, not expanding. But now my practicing has been focused more on reworking certain fundamentals.

Example?

There is a huge difference between learning and playing a cool blues lick and actually learning an entire blues scale up and down the guitar neck. Or settling for a convenient box chord instead of actually expanding and learning what works best for every key. It’s about letting go of what you currently know and are comfortable with in order to gain greater depth of understanding and eventually even greater playing ability. It’s a simple enough concept but requires such dedication and discipline to make it work. For me, those are formidable challenges, but I’m willing to try.

I guess it’s kind of like how the Bible explains that God deconstructs our lives like a gardener prepares a tree for better growth by pruning it.

I mean if you want to make it all biblical and stuff...

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