Nietzsche’s six steps to guitar mastery
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from teachers is this:
The end result is only as good as the quality of each step in the process.
We don’t play “music”. We play one note or chord. Then we play another note or chord. And again and again until we look up and a full piece has gone by.
A well-played piece is actually a series of well-played moments. It can’t be any other way.
And in our guitar practice, we develop. We learn. We train. We ingrain.
We only play as well as we can play. And to reach new heights we must climb. There’s no skipping ahead. Any part skipped is a hole that will trip us later.
We first stand, then walk. Then to the next step, then to the next. Each in its turn, one after another. With both an eye to the peak, and focus on the current step.
Of course we want to “fly”. That’s why we show up each day. But to get there, we have to first be here, and give full attention to the task at hand.
He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.