Why Guitar Players Get 
Stuck In A Rut (Part 2 of 3)
So…

How long does it take for music to come out of your guitar…? 

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Trick question…

Your guitar will NEVER make music! And that’s the point…



Your guitar doesn’t “do” anything…! 



It’s just a “machine”… 

A tool. 

The music comes from… 

(drum roll please)… 

YOU!

YOU Are The Musical Instrument!
Think about it…



Two artists can pick up the exact same paint brush…



One just paints a "picture"… 



While the other creates a MASTERPIECE…



The difference?



The painter. Not the brush.  



You see, real musicians don’t play the “guitar” itself… 



They play MUSIC…

ON the guitar!

The guitar is simply a “tool”... an INSTRUMENT - just like a paintbrush - for transferring that music into the world. 

In the same way art comes from the artist, the music comes the musician.

That’s why five different musicians can pick up the exact same guitar, and each have their own unique sound…


Because when you listen to each musician play, you don’t hear the “guitar”…

You hear him

You hear his voice

His secret to sounding “grab-your-soul-by-the-throat” amazing?
A Real Musician SINGS The Music In His Head...
THROUGH His Guitar!
And that’s what separates him from everyone else.



You see, the biggest obstacle for the average guitar player (even if he doesn’t realize it yet) is that he can’t freely express the music in his head… through his guitar…

But the “perceived sources” of his frustration however, show up in different forms…


It could be that he doesn’t know where to put his fingers to sound good… or why…

It could be that his fingers won’t cooperate…

He can’t play a new song as fast as the recording… 

His scales sound “dull and lifeless” or feel like boring exercises…

His chords sound sloppy or muted…

Or he just keeps hitting wrong notes he knows he shouldn’t play…



Regardless of the roadblock…



The real source of frustration stems from feeling “restricted” or “limited” or “blocked” from expressing what he hears in his head…

The fact is…

We All Have Music Inside Of Us...
And in my 21+ years of experience, no matter if he is consciously aware or not…

Every guitar player ultimately wants the freedom to just pick up the guitar and express the music inside of him…



Whether it’s for stress relief, therapy, or relaxation… or whether he wants to improvise, jam with friends, or play songs…

At his core, every guitar player wants to express HIS MUSIC. 


BUT... Even if that’s what we all want as guitar players… 

I’ve found most people are scared to admit it.

Yes... 

Most of us are afraid to admit that what you really want is to be able to grab your guitar and “tear it up” all across the neck while people watch and admire you

Why? Because, well…

We know other people can do it. We’ve seen it…

But somehow, deep down, we don’t believe it’s really possible for us. Because we haven’t seen evidence that we can do it yet… 


So we have these “secret fears”

We worry if the theory might “zoom” over our heads… or that we may not be smart enough to “grasp it” (maybe before it’s too late)…

Or we’re afraid to play in front of others because if we screw up, they might point and laugh… 

Or we feel jealous when we see those guys who make it look so easy - even envying them - like we drew the short straw in the “natural talent” department…


And any time we hit a roadblock that seems to confirm our “secret fears”…

We get discouraged, frustrated, and overwhelmed and put the guitar down - or even throw it in the closet to collect dust…

The result? 

As Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli said…
"Most People Go To Their Graves 
With Their Music Still In Them"
"Most People Go To Their Graves With Their Music Still In Them"
And that’s a SHAME!

I just shake my head when I hear a guitar player blame himself for his lack of progress…

It makes me want to grab him by the shirt and shake him and say… 
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