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‘Practising’ what I preach
February 26, 2012

I spend a lot of time during lessons extolling the virtues of practice. I have few students who practice as much as they might, and a few that hardly practice at all! I do sometimes have a little pang of guilt remonstrating with them however, because the thing is – I don’t practice nearly enough either. Teaching tends to mean my guitar playing time is taken up learning new songs, but these are not always, in fact rarely, technically challenging.

Over the last week or so I have had a couple of advanced students move into new songs and learning these has just reminded me how much better one can become quickly if you put your mind to it. I don’t think anyone ever truly reaches glass ceiling in their playing. Everyone can get better, even the very best will tell you that there’s something they are working on, or not totally happy with with their playing. Not that I am close to those guys! But from the point of view of a beginner I can sometimes seem to be out of reach.

I hope this coming week will allow me to play some more complex things again, as I say to my students – ten minutes a day makes a difference. Let alone half an hour!