In a recent article I told you about my biggest mistake…

About my journey to becoming a guitar player in a band…

And how I lost something very important to me…

I didn’t know it at the time… but as I look back now…

I would never do the same thing again.

I’d like to share with you the part of the story I haven’t told you…

How I went from making very little progress (at the time)...

To discovering what was holding me back…

I was living in a rented house in East London with me and my band mates.

The house wasn’t amazing… there were cracks in the wall…

Mice would come into the house during summer…

Some of the door frames were coming off…

And one of the rooms has a pretty bad damp problem…

But it was mine.

When I moved to London... I didn’t have many other friends...

Especially friends who could play music…

So my little network of people I could share ideas with was small…

It was me and my band.

I didn’t realise it at the time… but this would become a problem for me and my playing.

For the first time… I didn’t have a real community of musicians…

People I could bounce ideas off of…

People who could show me new and exciting things on guitar…

Sure I had my band…

But there weren't enough people to share ideas with…

And we were all into the same kind of music…

So no-one was sharing anything new or unique.

As the months went by… this problem began to get worse…

I wasn’t exposed to new things… or new ideas…

And as a result… I fell out of the habit of learning.

I didn’t have people to push me forward.

That would all change when I opened my own guitar school…

One day I quit the band... things weren’t working out…

I had a real passion for teaching and helping people...

So I began the journey to become a teacher.

I started to meet all these new people who played guitar…

And before I knew it… I had a little network of players.

They were all into different kinds of music…

They all had their own ideas to share… and things they showed me…

I started to become inspired to learn again.

I found myself in a little bubble of musicians... all eager to learn and get better…

Why you should surround yourself with better guitar players

I found myself wanting to do the same.

Students would often want to learn different songs… and different techniques…

So I was “forced” (in a good way) to go out and explore again.

This is what I was missing…

It was like a light bulb went off in my head.

I was missing that positive community of people...

Who all want to get better… and share what they’re learning.

This is something I’ll never take away from myself ever again.

I now work hard to maintain this little community I have…

I want my students to feel like they’re around people who will encourage them…

This is why I’m selective with who I take on as a student.

Having a community of people around you is so important for learning…

When you’re around others who are like you… or who are better than you…

It inspires you... and makes it more enjoyable.

Why you should surround yourself with better guitar players

There’s a reason why all the successful people in the world have a network of people they can talk to...

They understand the power of having a good community of like-minded people.

If this makes sense to you…

And you see how important having a community of people around you is...

Who would you choose to include in it?

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