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Walsch on Looking Ahead and Staying Encouraged in Guitar Practice


[Tuesday Quotes are short explorations of music, life, and the daily endeavor of practicing classical guitar. Enjoy!]

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


 








Allen Mathews

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 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.


-Gloria Mader

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.


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