Archive for July, 2009

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I had to ask myself this recently:What is stopping me from achieving the things I know I can achieve but haven’t been able to see come to fruition.”

Sadly, I think I may not believe in myself enough. Or perhaps I feel I don’t deserve to have success in my goals or dreams. There are many things that block us from getting things done – both the mundane and the important things we need to do and want to do in our lives. Sometimes it is just lack of motivation that holds us back. Sometimes it is a lack of focus. And of course there are real obstacles that stand in our way at times – such as just being too tired after doing the things that we have to do to maintain a “normal” life (working, spending needed time with friends and family, doing chores at home, etc.)

How DO people rise above the obstacles and become above average at anything? It must take a very strong desire that sets our “will” to achieve things that are out of the ordinary, such as being really good at a hobby, learning a new skill or playing an instrument.

And even if you desire something very much, it doesn’t always make achieving whatever goal you have possible. For example, let’s say you have the goal of reorganizing a messy room of your house. What if every time you look at the disorganized papers and clutter it just exhausts you to even consider tackling it. That is the kind of internal obstacle I am trying to write about here. What I don’t know is this: how does someone actually overcome those feelings of inadequacy or lack of motivation to actually get something done that is a hard thing for them personally to accomplish. Experts recommend just working on the mess in short 15-minute segments to clear the clutter day-by-day.

There is a saying, “How do you eat an elephant?” Well, the answer to that is: “One bite at a time.” Of course the real problem isn’t about elephants at all. The problem is how to succeed at a task that seems impossible. And the answer would be a little bit at a time.

So, for newbie guitar players, it is essential to understand that to learn to play guitar as a beginner, you won’t learn everything at once. You have to take it a step at a time. Just like climbing a mountain, there are no quick ways to get to the top. Only taking one step and then another and another will get you to your goal. Practice 20 minutes to a  half an hour at a time on a daily basis - or at least every other day. If you stay committed to practicing regularly, you will see improvement. The worst thing you could do is practice manically for a few days and then stop. So, try just doing a little practice often.

And if you find there are distractions to your guitar practicing, such as the radio or the TV – make yourself restrict their use until after you practice. Then, after you practice, you can reward yourself with those things that were pulling at your attention.

If you feel you are taking steps but things are not falling into place the way you think they should…dig deep inside and try to find out if there is a part of you that isn’t fully committed or isn’t able to totally believe in the fact that you WILL become a guitar player. Work on that belief, make it grow – don’t let anyone tell you what you can or can’t do (including that voice inside your head). Tell yourself you DO deserve to achieve what you are willing to work hard for. And keep taking the steps, one by one, to get to your dreams. Not trying will NEVER get you there, so keep trying – and you might, yes, you probably will get there!

A company that is dedicated to helping you achieve your dreams is Legacy Learning. Their Gibson’s Learn & Master Guitar is widely known as the best home instruction course for learning guitar. It is the winner of an Acoustic Guitar Magazine Players’ Choice Award, two Telly Awards and an AEGIS Award for Excellence in Education.
Watch their video about guitar lessons:

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I saw one of those “no child left behind” bumper stickers yesterday. It made me wish there was a “no guitar student left behind” program. I think it is sad that the public schools don’t offer more classes in the visual arts or music. Since those were my favorite subjects, I wanted to have the best instruction in music and art. My teachers for those subjects were not happy campers – their programs were always at the bottom of the list when it came to funding (since a lot of emphasis was put on science and math).

I think the schools don’t understand that many people actually make a living in the arts – especially the visual arts and graphic design. I know some musicians can make it too. Sure, not all of them become household names or famous stars. But there are recording arts jobs that don’t require you to be famous – studio musicians, sound engineers, etc. Seems like the “traditional” education systems in America just don’t understand or support creative people.

That leads me to why I think anyone who wants to learn to play the guitar should have as much support as possible. I was lucky to have support (from parents and a little bit of help from music teachers). For those who don’t get encouragement for learning to play an instrument – now there is the world wide web! The Internet isn’t as good as a one-on-one, face-to-face meeting with a mentor or teacher, but it will have to do for many beginner guitar players.

This blog is here to help, too. I not only am trying to get people to stop putting off learning to play the guitar, but I am also trying to get homeschooling teachers (and possibly other teachers) to get really good guitar lessons for their students. There are courses available for anyone to teach – no guitar skills are necessary. So, a music teacher could be an expert trumpeter and still teach this course (because of the teacher’s guide that gives them a clear picture of what to teach and when to teach it).  So, if you think your teacher needs to add guitar lessons to the course curriculum, tell them to look at this review: Gibson’ Learn and Master Guitar – Homeschool Edition.

And I just found out that anyone who bought the regular course – Learn and Master Guitar – can upgrade to the Homeschool Edition for a very low price – $29.99 (the same goes for the Piano course, except that upgrade only costs $24.99). The upgrades will get you the 68 pg. Teachers Guidebook (with a 2-year scope and sequence). In addition, there are 2 Teacher Resource DVDs in the guitar edition and 1 in the piano.

And here is a cool “secret” to saving money. If you buy the regular edition and the upgrade, you pay less than buying the full student/home school version! (upgrade info)

Here is the product link if you want to teach yourself (the regular DVD program – not the Student/Teacher edition) – also this is less expensive than the Homeschool Edition – but you can upgrade it.  Gibson’s Learn and Master Guitar DVDsUpgrade to Homeschool Edition to get 68 pg. Teacher’s/Parent’s Guidebook, and 2 Teacher Resource DVDs: Upgrade Learn and Master Guitar.

Here is where you can find out more about the Guitar Lessons Homeschool Edition.

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