Byron Katie on forgetting the past to better the future
Tuesday Quotes are short explorations of music, life, and the daily endeavor of practicing classical guitar. Find more here. Enjoy!
What I love most about the past is that it’s over
There’s a trap many of us fall into. We start to believe that “This is just how I am.” or “I’m good at this and not at that.”
When an idea comes to mind, we quickly dredge up all previous experiences and decide up or down. Public speaking? I’m not good at that. Hot-headed? That’s just who I am. Can’t change now. It’s nature.
But that’s all malarkey.
We don’t have to stay locked into old notions. We don’t have to limit ourselves to what we’ve done in the past.
So what if we weren’t good at singing 20 years ago. So what if we never learned how to read musical notation. So what if we embarrassed ourselves dancing at prom.
The past is over. We can be whoever we choose to be. Right now.
We can pick up the guitar and focus like a Nobel Laureate physicist. We can stretch like a dancer and train like an Olympian. We can choose how we want our guitar practice to be, and make it that. One day at a time.
This doesn’t mean everything will be easy. Physicists have to manage distraction, too. Dancers fall down and Olympians sometimes feel lazy. They just keep showing up.
Hi, I’m Allen Mathews.
I started as a folk guitarist, then fell in love with classical guitar in my 20’s. Despite a lot of practice and schooling, I still couldn’t get my music to flow well. I struggled with excess tension. My music sounded forced. And my hands and body were often sore. I got frustrated, and couldn’t see the way forward. Then, over the next decade, I studied with two other stellar teachers – one focused on the technical movements, and one on the musical (he was a concert pianist). In time, I came to discover a new set of formulas and movements. These brought new life and vitality to my practice. Now I help guitarists find more comfort and flow in their music, so they play more beautifully.
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I have lost my entire metallic sound while I am playing now. Even my single note practice sounds more melodious, less tinny. [The Woodshed technique practice] has made a major difference in my tone. Thank you.
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