It’s a little-known fact that everyone wants to improve their playing

It could be chord changes

Playing a song from start to finish…

Maybe even playing a song for that special someone...

Recently… I made an interesting discovery…

It has changed how I approach how I practice guitar…

And how I take something I want to get better at… and improve it

There I was…

Sitting in my living room…

My face glued to the screen…

I wasn’t looking at Facebook…

Or scrolling through...

Today… I had started reading a new book.

Read this if you want to improve your playing

I’m always fascinated by how little nuggets of information can jump out of the pages…

And sometimes my best discoveries for learning…

Don’t come from guitar books…

Today was no exception.

As I was flicking through the virtual pages of this book on my phone…

I stumbled upon something called “the rule of one”...

(Sounds like something out of a Lord Of The Rings movie hey?)

As I was working my way through this chapter…

The underlying principle was to always have one big idea…

One big idea you’re working on… or focused on.

First... the author talked about how it applies to writing...

But then they talked about how this can be applied to real life…

For example…

”If you could get better at one skill this week, what would you choose?”

Naturally this got me thinking about learning guitar.

Often times I’ll fall into a trap of wanting to do too many things at once…

I spread myself too thin because I have so much I want to get better at.

So I started thinking…

“If I had to put my focus on one thing for this week, what would I choose?”

I started to look at what I wanted to get better at…

And you know what…

This helped me to think about what’s most important to me right now…

And as I began practicing

I felt like I was starting to make some good progress…

I took part of my practice time…

And I used it to focus on the same thing.

The rule of one was eye opening to me…

And I’m having a lot fun applying it into my life.

Read this if you want to improve your playing

So my question to you is this…

“If you could choose to work on one thing this week, what would you pick?”

Would you choose a song you want to get better at?

Maybe you might choose a chord you want to get better at…

And once you’ve chosen what you want to work on…

Spend some time this week working on this skill each time you pick up the guitar.

I’m not saying that’s the only thing to practice…

You can take some time to do other things you enjoy...

Try to spend a little bit of time on it 🙂

I’m off to read more of my book now...

I’ll talk soon,

Darryl “one rule to rule them all” Powis

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