Around 10 years ago…

I was working in a music store…

As the “tea and coffee guy."

I would go in day after day…

Making teas and coffees for the staff and teachers…

I would be in charge of cleaning guitars... and changing the strings on them too.

It wasn’t the best job… but my foot was in the door doing something I loved…

Music.

One of my biggest mistakes

Over a couple of years... I worked my way up to being a manager…

Of course… being a manager meant I had trickier work to do sometimes…

For example… I had to deal with what we called “live grenades”...

These were angry or upset customers who had a complaint about something…

Part of my job was to find out what was wrong…

And do my best to help them.

Not an easy task compared to maintaining guitars…

But I was happy to help 🙂

The job came with some great perks to… all of a sudden…

I was around all the great players who worked there…

No longer was I the “tea and coffee guy"…

I had a little bubble… a network of people to talk to…

Ideas were getting thrown around left right and centre…

And I was like a sponge soaking it all up.

By being surrounded by all these people…

I was exposed to music of different styles

And ways of playing that I would’ve never thought possible…

One of my biggest mistakes

Being in this bubble was a big reason why I improved quite quickly.

It felt like I was constantly being inspired with new and exciting things.

Every day I would go home... pick up my guitar...

And explore all this new music... these new ways of playing that I hd been exposed to that day.

It was exciting... and I always felt like I had something new to work on.

One day that all changed...

I ended up making one of the biggest mistakes of my life...

I quit my job at the music store… and I moved down to London to be in a band…

My mistake wasn’t moving to London… nor was it following my dreams to be in a band…

It was something else... I lost something…

I lost my bubble… those players who inspired me day in day out.

I don't have time to get into exactly how this affected me...

This article would simply become too long...

I want to make sure I'm able to explain things properly to you...

So here’s what I’m going to do…

Next time… I’m going to share with you the impact losing this bubble had on me…

What I did to turn it all around… and how my guitar playing went from a grinding halt…

To feeling like I was making steady progress again.

Click here to check out my next post!



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