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Wednesday, 31 December 2008 15:55
By Ken Volpe, GJD
Well, another year has come and gone and what have we all learned about the world of the guitar and our love for the instrument?

Here are a few thoughts that come to mind:
    Wow, I have more gear and less time to play it than I did a year ago.   
    I now am aware of even more songs that I want to learn that I probably will not get to.
    Darn, I missed a lot of good shows this year.
    It’s so annoying… my IPod froze again.
    And, most importantly;
    What a blessing it is to have music (and all that goes along with it) available to me in my life.

I don’t know about you but I usually come up with some New Year’s Resolutions regarding all things guitar.  Here are just a few…
    I am finally going to organize those CDs and those tangled guitar cables.
    I am going to sell all that stuff that I don’t use on EBay to hopefully buy more stuff that I won’t use.
    I am going to get up earlier every morning and practice those tunes that are so challenging.
    I am going to finally record that epic 110-minute ultimate guitar symphony.
    I think you get the picture…

Here’s another one for you that I think makes sense:
What about taking stock of my goals as a composer, a soloist, and producer?  
I mean really, really cut away the fat and try to focus on what I really want to do in my musical world.  “To Thine Own Self Be True” in the creative sense.  One might ask, “Well there are so many choices and so many things that I want to do.”  My answer to that would be to write down your thoughts about the music you listen to, the ideas that you create on your instrument, the gear that you use, and so on… Take stock in what you want to do and Just Do It.

Let’s talk about one of the deadliest sins for a guitar player, especially an electric guitar player.  Most of us are famous for learning only part of a song and not finishing what we started.  I mean seriously there could be a legitimate 12-step program dedicated just to that issue. 

So let me give you (and myself) some practical advice as we head into the New Year.  If you really focus on your playing, most of that other stuff will either fall into place or not really bug you.  So, make a list of songs you want to learn, solos you want to cop, and ideas that you want to master.  Then sit back and look at your list(s) and really think about what is realistic and important for you to learn.  Then make a practical “Plan of Action” and get to it.  I know that this may sound simple or silly to some of you but try it out because what do you have to lose. 

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