May 30, 2021

One year of practicing guitar: A sweet struggle that I want to continue for a lifetime.

One year of practicing guitar: A sweet struggle that I want to continue for a lifetime.

This may be over-sentimental, but I felt compelled to share since this has been life changing for me.

So, 1 year ago on 15th My 2020, I decided that I wanted to start learning the guitar before I turned 24. I ordered an electric guitar, a Squire strat after contemplating which type of guitar to buy. Electric guitar seemed easy to learn on because of low action on strings. Anyway, I recieved the guitar on 17th may. So, I picked it up and started doing Justin guitar. Except working out in the morning, I haven't been regular with anything. And playing guitar which can take a while to make anything sound decent was a daunting task that I was opting for. Getting myself disciplined enough to learn guitar, to play everyday...well, it has seriously changed my life.

Once I started making some progress, my mindset changed. Things I had been wanting to do didn't seem so daunting anymore. I thought, "well, if I can teach myself guitar, surely I can learn how to do a podcast!" and so I did. I started doing the Stoic Human Podcast. Everything kinda snowballed from there. I decided it would be nice if I could cook, so I learned how to cook. And I've already posted so many blogs regarding my cooking.

Then I decided how great it would be if I could quit drinking. While that was harder, my new "can do" attitude made it possible.

Then I decided it was time to give golfing a try. I did that too. Although I can't golf right now because of COVID lockdown again in India.

All of these things happened because I decided to pick up the guitar and use it to better myself. I could not have foreseen that it would have such an impact on my life. Even though I was working out for a year prior to when I started learning to play guitar, it didn't made me feel like I can do anything.

I was just reflecting on all of this today while I was working on my tremolo picking. Thought I would share with you all. Recently, I've started to learn classical music on guitar. And for the second year of practicing guitar, I'm going to focus only on learning classical music, blues and most importantly music theory, because I jsut want to be more expressive on this instrument than just playing some pieces.

That's it for this blog post and if you feel that you've something to add to this or you have a different perspective then share it and discuss it on r/StoicHuman or go to the Reddit discussion post for this blog post linked down below.

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