Martin Luther on the Value of Today
Tuesday Quotes are short explorations of music, life, and the daily endeavor of practicing classical guitar. Enjoy!
“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”
What’s the point of starting if we feel we’ll never be as good as our heroes?
Is it worth it to study guitar if we doubt we’ll ever reach the upper levels of skill?
If we have only limited time, either in our days or our lives, why should we put in the work?
Because, as former slave Frederick Douglass put it, “A man is worked upon by what he works on.”
The benefits of musical study cannot be reduced to reaching goals, even if lofty. We won’t be fulfilled only by playing the grand concert pieces.
Quite the opposite: regardless of level, focused practice is its own reward. And we can find just as much meaning and enjoyment first learning our chords as we can polishing the Bach Chaconne.
As we appreciate the small details in our practice, we’re more likely to appreciate them in our daily lives.
As we focus our attention on our work, we’re more likely to focus our attention on our loved ones.
As we become more aware of our bodies and muscles, we become more aware of the world around us.
Appreciation begets more appreciation. Focus begets more focus. Awareness begets more awareness.
The large-scale concert piece is a wonderful goal, even if we never get there. But the real payoff is in the daily quest.
Hi, I’m Allen Mathews.
I started as a folk guitarist, then fell in love with classical guitar in my 20’s. Despite a lot of practice and schooling, I still couldn’t get my music to flow well. I struggled with excess tension. My music sounded forced. And my hands and body were often sore. I got frustrated, and couldn’t see the way forward. Then, over the next decade, I studied with two other stellar teachers – one focused on the technical movements, and one on the musical (he was a concert pianist). In time, I came to discover a new set of formulas and movements. These brought new life and vitality to my practice. Now I help guitarists find more comfort and flow in their music, so they play more beautifully.
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I am a 61 year old physician, reconnecting with the classical guitar after a hiatus of nearly 40 years. After a couple of weeks [in the program], I’m now producing a much clearer, yet somehow more mellow and beautiful sound. It was really good to feel it happening in my hand, and that it felt more comfortable and somehow “right”, compared to the way I had played before (“curved picking”). The fog started to lift and I found that I was remembering more, and it felt great (also a bit of a relief!), giving me confidence to keep going. Thank you for making your course available - your love of music and the guitar shines through the teaching. I am very happy I found and registered with CGS.
~ Brian Davey
Since a year ago with my subscription to CGS it has been for me a pleasurable adventure and a discovery of all the facets of the classical guitar.
Your dedication and enthusiasm, as well as your talent, in the tuition is quite contagious (well, lets hope also for your talent) and has made it fun and useful in my progression. Also the weekly tip that you mail us and the Facebook group is excellent.
~ Michel Donnet
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