As I learn my scales, chords and try to learn a some easier sounding songs that I like, I start to wonder if you either have it or you don’t when it comes to playing the guitar. Just when I think I’m starting to make some progress I head over to youtube and see a 12 year old belting out some amazing guitar. Clearly, that kid has it. Then I look at my videos and think, clearly I don’t.
Whenever I’m on a lesson website or video, someone invariably says,”if I can learn this, so can you” or “these lessons are so easy, anyone can learn to play the guitar.” I just don’t know if that’s the case. It would be like picking up a camera and thinking you’re going to be able to make a shot as good as Irving Penn just because you know how to properly expose an image. There are some things that go beyond just learning the techniques.
Then I think, maybe it’s like learning a language. I can say “bon jour” in French pretty well, but if I were to try and say anything else, it’d sound like crap or I wouldn’t even know what to say. As it stands right now, I can badly say “bon jour” in guitar, but that’s about it.
It’s rather frustrating not to be able to play the way I want to play. Or at least consistently play the things I can play. But then again, I have no goals or aspirations of being a professional musician. I’m doing this because I love the guitar. I guess I need to stop going to YouTube… because kids like this are reinforcing my feelings of inadequacy.