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Walsch on Looking Ahead and Staying Encouraged in Guitar Practice

The web app “Momentum for Chrome” displays a beautiful new landscape every day as a screensaver.

All these lovely places, ripe with adventure and new experiences!

Like in Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”, we get worlds upon worlds – whatever we want. It’s all there for the taking.

But life often intervenes. While the Lake Regions of Argentina or the fjords of Norway await, other things may demand our time.

And when we focus on what we haven’t done, as N. D. Walsch says, we run the risk of becoming jaded or discouraged.

And the same holds true in our guitar practice. All these wonderful tunes to play, but at just X minutes per day, it can seem impossible.

Instead of dwelling on what’s not happened yet, it’s much more fun to look ahead with anticipation.

There’s plenty of time. It’s no race. The sheet music will still be there when we’re ready (as will Mt. Fuji and the Galapagos).

In the moments of our daily practice (however many there may be), we can enjoy our current “location”.

What a luxury! What a boon to take the time and put all our attention on one moment of music, or one movement of the hand! What a gift!

They say that “satisfaction is the death of desire”. And desire is fun. Anticipation before a journey is often just as rewarding as the journey itself.

All that music down the road – “Oh, the places we’ll go!”

When we look to the future with excitement and relish today, we’re much more likely to get there.


“Do not discourage yourself with what you haven’t done, encourage yourself with what you will do.”

Neale Donald Walsch


 



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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, I am a Dutch guy who plays classical guitar (solo and together with a flute player). Unfortunately I have been suffering from focal dystonia since begin 2016. Of course I tried physical therapy which didn't help… But I tried some of your [technique] lessons (I had teachers before but I was never taught your techniques) and to my big surprise the nasty feeling in the back of my right hand which pulls my index finger upward was gone! So now I practice your lessons. Anyway, I am very happy to have found you on the internet. Thanks very much!


-Arnoud Reinders

I came on board three months ago and I’m loving it more than ever. I have maintained my practice pattern. I’m sticking wholeheartedly with the program as written. That makes it easy to see what I NEED to work on rather than just playing the shiny places I’ve gone beyond…..I’ve learned to focus 100% on what I’m doing that very minute….I’m developing strength in my left hand...I spend time with the videos in the evenings and always find something more to help me. I’m not looking for info anywhere else. Everything I need is right here in The Woodshed. You say “Jump” and I say “How high.” I’m so grateful I found you. You speak in a language I understand.


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