We are into week two of my attempt to teach myself guitar. To be honest, this week has been much harder than last. I graduated from learning the strings and small things like such. I am attempting to learn the chords and I’ve run into a slight snag. I have itty bitty, tiny hands. I need to find some fantastic finger stretches to relax my hands. But don’t be fooled. I have not given up and I will not use these small hands be an excuse. Small children can play guitar, then so can I. Right?
Right. I am determined to master this art someway or another. I have purchased a beginner’s book for guitar. This week I kept becoming frustrated with myself when I was practicing guitar. I had to sit down and give myself a pep talk. And then I reminded myself that this is going to be a process. I have a tendency to expect things to come easily to me. This often isn’t the case and sometimes I forgot that. I forget that most of the time a person has to spend many hours learning one simple task. When it comes to learning the guitar, there are a lot of little aspects that make up the big picture. I need to slow down and learn these little aspects instead of opening a piece of music and expecting my guitar to play music.
So after that internal debate with myself, I told myself that I am going to take a different approach to this project. I need to have a goal of the big picture, but not be overly focused on the big picture. I need to allow myself to focus on the small details (such as learning one chord at a time until it is comfortable, and then moving to the next.) Even if this is frustrating and time consuming, I know that it is going to better in the long run. I know that if I continue on the path I was on, I would end up in the same place as years ago when I tried to learn guitar. I am going to break this project down even more, into tiny segments until I can comfortably complete each portion.