Kurt Vonnegut on Choosing Our Stances and Creating Reality
Tuesday Quotes are short explorations of music, life, and the daily endeavor of practicing classical guitar. Find more here. Enjoy!
“We are what we pretend to be so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”Kurt Vonnegut
Words matter. They form our version of reality.
Through our words, we create our feelings. And the feelings give more power to the words. They make them true.
When we convince ourselves that we’re too busy, for example, we create that reality. We feel busy. And so we may lose focus and become stressed.
We create many of our limitations by pretending they already exist. We act the part, we talk the talk, and so they come to be.
But we could also “pretend” that we have all the time in the world. We can choose to believe we have plenty of time to do anything we want.
(Ray Dalio suggests we can’t do everything we want to, at least not at once. But we can do virtually anything we want.)
We can pretend to be anything we want. And we can pretend to be however we want.
We can “make believe” we learn things easily. We can try on consistency and patience. We can imagine ourselves calm and aware and engaged.
Then we simply pretend we’re not pretending, and it becomes reality.
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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Hi Allen, just wanted to provide some feedback. Since I've started doing the exercises [in The Woodshed program] my guitar is sounding a lot better, with fuller sound, less effort. Its as if I bought a new guitar or got a new pair of hands (or both). Amazing my friend. Thank you!
I feel my guitar proficiency is improving considerably. Every day I’m exceedingly comfortable with my right hand technique and overall fluency. And my sight-reading has improved as well. Thank you for creating the Woodshed. It’s thoughtful construction and scope and sequence of knowledge and skills has advanced my guitar skills significantly. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
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