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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.


Allen, your website and teaching methods are excellent. You have an easy going yet encouraging way of inspiring people to learn and practice their art. And you are always accessible to your students to personally answer questions. I appreciate ... that personal touch. The course on reading rhythm and playing higher up the neck I found particularly helpful. God bless you and many thanks.


-Joe Bazan

Since a year ago with my subscription to CGS it has been for me a pleasurable adventure and a discovery of all the facets of the classical guitar.
Your dedication and enthusiasm, as well as your talent, in the tuition is quite contagious (well, lets hope also for your talent) and has made it fun and useful in my progression. Also the weekly tip that you mail us and the Facebook group is excellent.


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