Monday, March 4, 2013

Guitar Story

This is the first part of my "Top Success Stories".

Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you'll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you're gonna be rewarded.
- Jimi Hendrix

I started playing guitar when I was 13. I was playing piano before, only with my right hand not able to play with both simultaneously, but I liked it. But guitar has always been in front of my eyes all my childhood, but I never actually tried to learn it. One day I decided to play it. According to my good ear I tried to play a song that was very easy. I found out that it had some similarity with piano. At least it is the same MUSIC with 7 notes. That way I learned that song completely in a week.

I wasn't trying hard to learn playing. It has become my daily habit since then. I was too young to take it seriously. I was too young to try hard and I was too young to think about my future. Wild, childish and fool.
That's how I was not bored with it. Sure, I had some tough times learning it by myself with "Guitar for Dummies". But the process was interesting and as soon as I could play better I became more confident in my playing and better each day.

It is almost 8 years I have played guitar and still I don't play it to get in a pub or a local bar. I give concerts sometimes with my band or other local bands for a session and still I don't play for money. Especially here in my country it will be too hard to play rock and earn a good money. I just loved guitar all these years and never got tired of. Practicing is overwhelming sometimes and always will be, but with a clear mind and patience it all gets away. All you need to do to become better and be a good guitarist you just need to make it slowly not hurrying anything. Make it a habit and practice everyday. Do it at least for 5 minutes, but do it. You will see how you got into it and after 5 minutes you won't want to stop playing. You will play more.

Don't ever get frustrated in anything you love or loved to do. If you are bored, just stop it for a while, make yourself coffee or tea or go for a walk. When you get back to your peace, come back again. Play and have fun. Guitar is not a hammer, it is a feather. Be gentle and caress it like a girl you love. You can argue, you can kiss, maybe you will even have a sex with it like Jimi Hendrix, but never ever play with long pauses of weeks and months. If you do love it, then fucking do it.

In Zen they say: If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, try it for eight, sixteen, thirty-two, and so on. Eventually one discovers that it’s not boring at all, but very interesting.

“Not every end is the goal. The end of a melody is not its goal, and yet if a melody has not reached its end, it has not reached its goal.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

Enjoyed this post?