Adding the things I am and do, I’ll add runner. If I want to run on Wednesday night, I have to plan the night before because of my schedule. If I plan well, I can squeeze in a 40 minute run while my daughter is at gymnastics. Why am I telling you this?
If learning and improving on guitar is important to you, then you’ll likely have to plan ways to work it into your busy schedule. Sometimes you might find yourself playing guitar in the weirdest times and places. The other day I saw a guy playing in his car in Sunnyvale (the heart of Silicon Valley). He was a youngish dude jamming in his front seat and I was excited to see someone playing at noon, on a Tuesday, in his car in America’s $3Trillion neighborhood.
In a recent morning at the ACE train station, I saw an older guy maybe in his 30s, in a suit, carrying a hard case with an acoustic guitar. The story I like to think is he was on his way to work but plays at lunch or is in a band and plays after work. Prioritize time for creativity!
Even if you only have 15 minutes to play, just do it! In those 15 minutes, you might be on the verge of a breakthrough. You will play more deliberately. You could take 2 chords from a song you’re working on and play them 3 different ways to see how they sound. You’ll become hyper aware of what you’re playing because you know your time is short. You might hear something that previously slipped through the cracks during a longer jam session from 2 weeks back. When you put limits on your creativity, you’re forced to make something. So go and make something!
Someone once said that creativity without limits is wasted effort. Don’t limit creativity, force it to become even more real.
In the comments below, tell me your story of a strange place you’ve practiced or an obstacle you’ve overcome to get in some jammin’ time. Do you ever get the itch to play but you can’t because your in class or at work or bored at a party? Do you ever start moving your fingers as if you’re playing a solo? I do! It’s my metric that shows I still love guitar.
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