Over the weekend I watched a great movie about a famous fictional detective’s sister…

“Enola Homes”

While I love a good detective movie… this one had some great wisdom on how to discover your own “path” on guitar.

Plus, how you can have more fun with the guitar too. (Okay, maybe not literally… but I’m taking the same idea and applying it to guitar.)

More on that in a moment. First, some quick context...

Enola Homes has two brothers… Sherlock and Mycroft.

There Are Two Paths You Can Take On Guitar…

And when their Mother abandons Enola at 16, leaving her alone in their family home… her brothers have their own ideas of what THEY think is best for Enola.

They’re dead set on their ideas to make her go to a school to become a lady and a housewife.

And this makes Enola furious.

She wants to be out exploring the world, discovering things. But her family is trying to force her down a path in life that she clearly hates. (Like trying to put a square peg in a round hole.)

That’s when she remembers her Mothers words…

"There are two paths you can take, Enola: Yours, or the path others choose for you."

I think this is so true for learning music. (And for anything in life really.)

Having your own path for what you want to do on the guitar makes the whole thing 10x more fun...

There Are Two Paths You Can Take On Guitar…

But it can be hard to know exactly what you want. Or what your “path” even is, or is supposed to be.

And it’s okay to not know.

In fact, I’m sure that I don’t 100% yet know exactly what I want to do.

That’s because over the years my interests have changed. But one thing has never changed…

I learn the things that are important to me, and I ditch the rest.

I decide what I want to do on the guitar and with my music…

Then I seek out a professional to show me the things that I should be doing, AND to show me any blind spots that I have…

And to make me aware of skills that I need to learn. (Even if it feels uncomfortable.)

That’s something you have to do for yourself too.

Discover your own path over time. Find out what you enjoy and what you don’t.

But until you do… the only thing that matters is to have fun with the guitar. Whatever it is that YOU enjoy, do a little bit of that each day…

And then try to push yourself outside of your comfort zone.

Whether that’s learning a new skill…

Or reaching out to someone to get help on what you have to do next.

Whatever you do, have a great day playing music.

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