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Sufi Poet Rumi on Gratitude in Guitar Practice


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


“Gratitude is the wine of the soul. Go on. Get drunk!”

Rumi


Playing and practicing music can be like watching grass grow. We know things are happening, but we may not be able to notice it.

And when we don’t see improvement often enough or quickly enough, we may well get discouraged. This is one of the obstacles we share as musicians.

But in reality, most of us play guitar for fun. We play because we love music and feel it will help us lead a richer life.

So instead of taking our challenges personally, we can accept them as part of the package. We can trust that things will come around in their own time. And more, we can sing praise for the chance to grow and learn something new.

This doesn’t mean that some days won’t be hard – they will. But we control the narrative. We spin the story.

When we focus on gratitude we stay motivated. We hold our bearings and make it through the rough patches (or don’t see them as all that rough).

And it feels good! Saturated in gratitude, guitar may be our favorite part of the day.


“Gratitude is the wine of the soul. Go on. Get drunk!”

Rumi









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 stellar teachers – one focused on the technical, 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. Click here for a sample formula.




I just want to thank you for your lessons. You are helping us to understand how a piece is composed, the parts to analyze and how to do it. You are teaching a lot about how to read and play, and the most important part: PLAY with the music and ENJOY it.


-R. Martinez

Those videos on practicing the piece were just awesome, Allen! I've always thought that learning songs might be something completely different than practicing exercises, but the way you teach it makes it much easier than I thought. I'm positive that joining the Woodshed has been the best investment I've ever done for learning the classical guitar. Thank you so much for these lessons.


-Ulysses Alexandre Alves



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