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This was originally posted on my personal blog, cesar.blog. Link here.
Last year circumstances were such that I found myself needing to practice the riff to Johnny B. Goode on the electric guitar and ended up performing the song with a group of coworkers at a company event. It was absolutely thrilling to do it, and I had tons of fun.
I had to practice this thing for weeks. It was really tough.
Watching my amazingly talented coworkers stirred the same desire I had when I first started learning the guitar back in high school. Back then, I learned the basic chords fairly quickly, and within a year or so I got comfortable enough to strum a few songs.
The problem is, I never got any better than that. For the past 25 years, I am in a plateau.
Playing with the band reminded me how much I like music and how much I’d like to get better.
So this year I decided to get better at the electric guitar.
While most would just sign up for some lessons, I know that that typically doesn’t work for me. So I decided to turn my learning into a project, and I’m going to share it with you.
Hey, Let’s Learn!
When I wrote my book using a Kickstarter campaign and a podcast, the incentive of public accountability and making myself vulnerable really pushed me to become a published author. So when deciding to take my electric guitar playing to the next level, I decided to do something similar.
Enter the Hey, Let’s Learn! project 🙂
I’ll start with a series of conversations with guitarists and guitar instructors I like and respect. I’ll ask about their experience, their gear, their take on the electric guitar, and their advice for someone like me.
I’ve already recorded a number of these interviews and I had a wonderful time talking to these folks. I hope you enjoy them too.
Here’s my first conversation, with the extremely talented Larry Smith.
After these conversations, I will create a plan of action for my learning. I’ll create a goal that is SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound. I’ll share my thought process for how I’m going to create that plan with you as well.
Then, with the plan in place, I will start actually working the plan. At that point, I will fire up my camera and actually make videos of my progress and share them on the website and on the YouTube channel.
My hope is to use my experience with this project and develop a method for learning which I can then apply to other things.
I’m super pumped about this.
I hope you enjoy it!