I posted this a couple years ago in another thread. These are quotes from a session by John Knowles during the fall fingerstyle retreat.
Every time you learn to do something, learn how to do it somewhere else.
Your best work happens when you are working in areas where you 60% know and 40% can’t do yet (this is where adventure happens).
Each one of us has a different tolerance for being confused.
When I’m working too hard, I put it down and play something I know how to play.
When you are learning, there is exploration, new technique, musicality, tempo, expression (you can’t think of all these things at once).
It never has bothered me that I can’t do it YET!
Tomorrow I will be closer – don’t be discouraged by the barriers.
There is no destination, only so far – so far – so far – so far – then they write your obit.
Set modest goals and celebrate.
You need patience, you need to love it, and curiosity.
I play what I love – and work on what I can’t do yet.
Chet Atkins (in response to someone saying ‘that looked easy’): ‘It didn’t use to be.’