Keep on keepin’ on

18 06 2014

I am a terrible, terrible guitar player. It’s why I keep playing.

Makes sense, right? Why do something well when you can suck?

I’d rather not suck. I’d rather that everything I do, I do well.

I’d also like to do more, and to do more is most often to do what I don’t know how to do.

Which means I’ll be terrible when I first do it.

Now, I keep playing because I’d like to get better, because I think I can at some point do it well. I didn’t re-up with the Gotham Rock Choir because I wasn’t convinced that more practice would make me a sufficiently better singer. It’s one thing to be terrible on the way to getting better, but quite another to be terrible on the way to mediocrity.

Rather takes away one’s motivation to practice.

I doubt I’ll ever be great on the guitar—that fucking F chord—but with practice I am improving, enough so that I can gull myself into practicing even more.

So, at some point, I’ll be merely terrible, then mediocre, and then all right. I don’t know that I’ll ever get beyond all right, but, for now, it’s enough to know that I can at least get that far, and that it’s just possible that I could, someday, be good.

Time to try something else to be terrible at, then. I’ve long wanted to learn French. . . .

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5 responses

19 06 2014
dmf

maybe some French folk songs?

19 06 2014
dmf

22 06 2014
thecuriousbum

Any sort of bridge chord is difficult, especially with steel strings. These days I stick with the nylon classical. The good thing is a lot of music is just made up of a few chords, so many songs are just a strum away 🙂

22 06 2014
dmfant

25 06 2014
absurdbeats

@tcb: The steel strings are shredding my fingers, but I’m stickin’ with ’em: whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and all that. . . .

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