This is my 100th post on this website.
Actually, I got this website to post lessons for my Guitar students.
I started posting lessons, but somewhere I felt that there is no need for that. More than lessons on finger exercises and scales, one needs experience. Real life experience.
Songs are short stories. If my students don’t have a story, I cannot help them to achieve that special kind of excellence. I can only make them a good guitar ‘operator’. I don’t know how many will understand this.
Bob Marley said it in a better way – “Some feel the rain, other just get wet”
Music is a medium to express a feeling and to tell a story. If you don’t have a story to tell, then what is the need to waste hours practicing a musical instrument.
Yes, you can practice if you want to play the songs which others have already written. Then, that is not your story. Hope you know where I am coming from.
If you go for an acting or creative writing workshop, they teach you how to observe, think, empathize, react…
Today, after teaching my students to feel things and to be sensitive, I can see their playing has improved tremendously.
Yes, it is a slow process.
I have never learned to play guitar per se. In a structured way, like my students do nowadays. I just learned to make some noise with basic finger positions and patterns. We never had books or youtube in 1989-1990, when I started to learn guitar.
My guitar teacher just taught me how to observe, feel each moment and to be myself all the time… No matter what the world thinks.
Those were great lessons. I was his only student at that time. So, we both had all the time in the world to talk and talk. I used to go to his house and sit there, just to listen to his stories.
After making those weird noises on the guitar for several decades, it started to sound sweet; Not as sweet the way I want, still. But, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I am no hurry to go to the moon.
This is exactly I wanted to teach my students – have patience, hang on to your dreams, smile, listen to everyone but do only what you want to do.
Wish you a Happy New Year!