Welcome to this edition of the Fingerstyle Monthly. In this issue I'd like to touch on one of the most important qualities in learning something new. Good ol' stick-to-it, dont-quit-'til-it-gets-done, perseverence. What some people call being stubborn.
This is a topic that I'm very familiar with because, well, I'm stubborn. Being stubborn is sometimes thought of as being a bad thing. Sometimes it is a bad thing. But it's good to have a quality, or personality trait, that helps us complete a difficult task.
Now, you might be asking yourself "what does this have to do with fingerstyle guitar"?
More than you might think, actually.
It's good to set a goal, like being a better musician, and sticking with it until you've accomplished it. Unfortunately, this mindset sometimes works against us.
It works against us when we decided that we can't do something. Like learn to play the guitar. Sometimes we stubbornly cling to the belief that we can't learn to play. That we aren't talented enough. That we don't have time to practice. That we didn't pick it up when we were younger.
Well, as they say in Texas, I've gotta call bulls*%t on that. When those excuses come up you've got to think like Josey Wales(in The Outlaw Josey Wales, one of my favorite movies).
..."you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean."
He says mean, I say stubborn. If you start to hear those little voices of doubt saying "you can't do it", get stubborn. Get mad dog mean/stubborn.
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