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Martin Luther on the Value of Today


“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”

Martin Luther


What’s the point of starting if we feel we’ll never be as good as our heroes?

Is it worth it to study guitar if we doubt we’ll ever reach the upper levels of skill?

If we have only limited time, either in our days or our lives, why should we put in the work?

Because, as former slave Frederick Douglass put it, “A man is worked upon by what he works on.”

The benefits of musical study cannot be reduced to reaching goals, even if lofty. We won’t be fulfilled only by playing the grand concert pieces.

Quite the opposite: regardless of level, focused practice is its own reward. And we can find just as much meaning and enjoyment first learning our chords as we can polishing the Bach Chaconne.

As we appreciate the small details in our practice, we’re more likely to appreciate them in our daily lives.

As we focus our attention on our work, we’re more likely to focus our attention on our loved ones.

As we become more aware of our bodies and muscles, we become more aware of the world around us.

Appreciation begets more appreciation. Focus begets more focus. Awareness begets more awareness.

The large-scale concert piece is a wonderful goal, even if we never get there. But the real payoff is in the daily quest.


“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”

Martin Luther




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About Allen Mathews

Allen Mathews learned guitar as an adult, and has been a full-time guitar teacher for almost two decades to students age 4 to 96.  He has taught classical guitar at Reed College and Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and has been a guest lecturer and clinician at schools and universities throughout the U.S.  Allen is often praised for his creative teaching abilities, and his dedication to helping adults learn classical guitar.  He has a popular Youtube Channel offering regular classical guitar tutorials, and has gained fans worldwide for his weekly emails and articles at ClassicalGuitarShed.com.


Hi Allen,
Greetings from the UK. I would like to thank you for providing such an excellent resource. The effort and skill which has gone into creating this program is very evident. I started classical guitar a year or so ago with a teacher but was unable to commit to same time regular slots each week.

The Woodshed Program was exactly what I was looking for. I have found the site very intuitive and well structured and have taken your advice and started from the very beginning of the program whilst still practising some of the pieces I was already working on. It is clear that I will benefit greatly from these early technical studies. There were clearly weaknesses and gaps in my knowledge even though I am still at an early stage. Once again many thanks for the program and very best wishes.


-Rodger Paylor

Hello Allen,
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.


-Michael Immel


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