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Dusan Djukich on keeping it simple

We love to make things harder than they are. We love what a friend of mine calls “the plume of complexity”.When something is complex and elaborate and involved, we can rationalize not putting our full energy into it. It’s understandable to procrastinate or defer. We can say, “Well…, it’s complicated.”

And while music can be complex and complicated, practicing guitar doesn’t have to be.

First we do one thing, then we do the next. First we focus on this, then we focus on that.

Here’s a question: What if practicing felt easy? What if we sat down and played a tune or an exercise, and just paid attention to one thing? The rhythm, the sound of the guitar, how we move our fingers, anything.

Sure, there are a million other little things we could also pay attention to (making it complex). And if we wanted, we could play it again and focus on the next thing. Then the next. One at time so it always felt easy.

How nice would practice be then? No thoughts of “It should be better..” or “I should be…”. What if we just enjoyed focusing on one thing at a time and let that be enough?


The five most damaging words you could be thinking right now are: “IT CAN’T BE THIS SIMPLE.”

Dusan Djukich




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