Putting the horse back in front of the cart

by Cesco Emmanuel

You know, I’m sure I’m not the only one who has done this. But most guitar players start out wanting to play the guitar and we have no clue what we’re doing, or where we’re going. And so we start to make a lot of noise that we consider music. In time we discover a few tricks of the trade and we progress at our own pace, but we don’t truly know how to improve our playing and we have no timeline, no standards, nothing at all. What we do know is that we want to play guitar and make it BIG in music. How? we have no idea.

We’re not mindfully aware of what we’re learning, how this impacts on our overall playing abilities, what’s our goals, etc.

Some of us don’t even have any guitar heroes to analyze how things are really done. I asked one of my students this week who were his guitar heroes and he looked at me with a blank stare – he had none. He’s been playing two years and he has none. I called a few names of famous guitar players from various genres and again he drew a blank.

I’m sure I was there at one point or another – I just blindly wanting to learn guitar and having no idea what I was learning or how to go about learning. I was blindly spinning top in mud.

Now, I’m back at square one, just so I can put things in their proper order and finally begin to play guitar the way I want to hear myself play.

What a long and terrifying process.