I can remember it like it was yesterday…

It was a normal day at high school...

And I was in my guitar lesson for the week.

Today was a pretty exciting day though.

My teacher told me in the lesson...

“I have a new song for you to learn.”

I felt the adrenaline kick in…

I always loved the idea of learning new songs...

My Battle With The Guitar

Especially songs by bands I liked to listen to.

It turned out the song was by a famous rock band…

(A band who I was listening to heavily at the time)

And the intro to the song had this tricky rhythm…

It became clear that this wasn't going to be easy…

As the lesson continued… my lips began to tighten…

My breathing began to speed up…

I sat there... trying to get this part...

Playing it over and over again...

But no matter how hard I tried… I just couldn’t get it.

I loved the song… and I really wanted to be able to play it.

It felt like I was at having a battle with my guitar.

My Battle With The Guitar

I’ll never forget what came next…

It might have been the fact I wanted to learn this song so badly…

Or maybe I didn’t want to let my teacher down…

For whatever reason… I lost it.

I broke down and cried a little to myself…

Trying to hide it from my teacher (I’m pretty sure he saw it)

And as the lesson came to end…

I packed my things as the teacher told me what to work on…

I attended the rest of the classes for that day…

And went home… my guitar in hand…

That week I became obsessed… it was the only thing I practiced.

Thankfully with all this hard work (and encouragement from my teacher)...

Within a couple of weeks I had pretty much got this part of the song down.

I breathed a sigh of relief… finally…

It was over…

The battle between me and my guitar was over.

As I reflect on this… there’s an important lesson I learnt from it all…

To try and not beat myself up if I can’t get things right away…

And that it’s normal for some things to take time to learn.

Over the years this would become more true as I continued learning harder songs...

Maybe you have a song you’re working on at the moment…

Or something you’re trying to improve that you just can’t get it right now…

Just know that it’s okay.

My Battle With The Guitar

Guitar isn't always easy...

But it makes all of the victories worth it when they come.

Stay patient... and just do your best each day you practice.

If you would like some help just let us know by clicking the button below and we can have a chat about what you’re stuck with and how you can start to make progress!

Darryl "my battle with the guitar” Powis

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