Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Do Not Eat Into Your Guitar Hobby Principal

This is how it goes; you get going on your exercise program, things are going good. So good that you start taking it easy and enjoying your newfound vigor without continuing to invest in exercise; sort of like living off the principal instead of the interest. You start to decay gradually without really noticing until someone invites you to do a 10K charity run. I had this experience last weekend with my guitar playing.

You know how it goes; busy at work, busy at home, things will work out fine if I am not playing as much. I was not continuing to maintain the guitar investment I had made over the past couple years and was living off the principal instead of the interest. I fooled myself for some time until I attended the groom's dinner for my nephew’s wedding. After the festivities, the father of the bride comes over; “hey, I’m getting the guitars out and heard that you play.” My 10K run was here.

You guessed it, I sucked. Here I had built up a good repertoire of songs on which I could play through all the parts with the intent of being a good soloist or accompanist whatever the situation required and had started jamming with guys from work. "Had started" was past tense and I quickly realized I remembered about 60% of each one and am not advanced enough to fake it. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed myself in spite of the sucking part. Just would of enjoyed it more had I kept investing instead of eating away at the principal.

This was a good guitar lesson learned and I am into my steady routine after getting back in town. Of course, it only takes a couple minutes to realize how fun this hobby is. Luckily there was no permanent damage as the father was still willing to walk his daughter down the aisle the next day.


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