Deep Roots

Learning is about growth.

Learning is about growth. When you think about what growth is, when you try to define it, what comes to mind?

If you’re like most people, growth happens upwards. Our economy grows upwards, our skills grow upwards, our financial well-being grows upwards (if we have the right attitude about it, of course).

AS a lifelong guitarist and a teacher for more than a decade, it seems to me that growth happens in many different ways. I think of it like trees:

Tree will grow…

  1. Upwards

  2. Thicker

  3. Downwards

Three Types of Growth In Guitar

Growth upwards is one the we are most familiar with, as guitarists. We grow to play faster, more songs, better technique, and so on.

Growth that is thicker is less familiar for most guitarists. This is growth where we look to learn different genres of guitar. Where we purposely challenge ourselves to learn a new style of playing, something that is alien to us currently. A good example would be a punk rock guitarist deciding to learn jazz guitar.

Grow that goes downwards is something that is incredibly unfamiliar for most guitarists. This is a different type of growth, and the type of growth I most concern myself with as a teacher and life-long musician. It’s simple: Growing deeper roots means stabilizing how we practice and how we approach guitar.

An example is this: If we wish to get faster at a certain passage, we not only try to learn the passage, but we learn the techniques of working on that process over time, we work on trying different ways of playing (or in my world, workflows).

It is my sincere wish for all guitarists to know exactly how fun it is to have deep roots, to be able to practice and learn anything, to be able to solve one’s own problems. We can always learn more stuff on guitar, but it’s learning how to practice and how to adjust our process where the real fun comes in.

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