I am attempting to learn guitar. It has been a somewhat painful process so far. My ears, back and fingers hurt. My mind is muddled with all the different techniques and lessons that people have posted online. It can get downright confusing. Viewing open chord, finger styling, and bar chord videos posted by fifty different people is very perplexing. Everyone seems to have their own way or short cut to making beautiful music, and no one explains it very clearly to the novice player.
The tips of my fingers ache from pressing down on the razor sharp strings that make the music. And my back aches because apparently I have been holding the instrument wrong during the process. Oddly enough, I don’t want to quit.
I have pushed aside the dream of playing like Eddie Van Halen anytime in the near future, but I still think playing beautiful music is possible. I have sharpened my focus from the hundreds of guitar gurus online to just one who has a whole series of lessons geared to the brain dead beginner. He even had on video about easing the pain in your fingertips! How awesome is that?
By narrowing my viewing to just one person, I have been able to progress in my playing. The speed in which I change chords is still lacking, but other fundamentals are progressing. I am actually getting better. Who’d have thought?
I think our walk with God is a little like that. There are so many things that we can choose to focus our attention on that seem like they might be helpful, but end up confusing us in the end. Our vision shifts from God to a new way of finger styling or whatever our current obsession is. We become more consumed with the methodology of playing than the music we are trying to create.
The more I practice, the better I become. The more time and energy I devote to reading God’s word and following his will, the closer my walk with Him. Like everything in this world, the more you put in, the more you get out. I am making an effort to be more intentional with my time this year, everything I do needs to be on purpose. And that purpose needs to be directed by God. The guitar, this blog, all of me needs to be conscientiously focused energy on living and doing the work of my Savior.
Aching fingers are part of the progression towards creating beautiful music, small sacrifice. Time alone in God’s word is a welcome part of each day to help me refocus on Him, and my fingers don’t hurt after I am through!
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, and a part-time basket case who wants to be a full time writer.