You and Your Guitar: Dust vs. Bliss?

Do you ever feel like there is always something coming between you and your guitar?
Do you have the best of intentions to play, but then find all your time has gotten away from you while doing “more important” things?

Watch the video, then share your thoughts in the comments section below.

14 Responses to You and Your Guitar: Dust vs. Bliss?

  1. Mike Ferreira January 22, 2016 at 10:12 AM #

    Great Lisa! I am always doing what you just described so well. Perfect! Thank you.

  2. Jack January 22, 2016 at 11:13 AM #

    Your video is right on. I also stall and avoid practice because I’m not improving like I feel I should. When you practice with little to show for it, you become discouraged and have doubt that you’ll ever really become a guitar player.

  3. Ernest J. Walker January 22, 2016 at 3:15 PM #

    Lisa you are absolutely right! I fall prey to this all the time! I’m a member of “Guitar Tricks” and I’m always find myself going in circles or nowhere at all? I’m really not progressing at all and I know it is not the material I’m studying, but it is me not practicing the way I should! Now that I have seen this video of your’s, I really know now that either I will have to practice more or just leave Guitar alone all together….Thanks for the video!

  4. Daniel Bilodeau January 25, 2016 at 9:14 AM #

    Very , very interesting . To learn , it’s all the time a challenge , and I suppose it’s the same for anybody.
    It’s important for me, just play in the accordance with my feeling.In other words , play or studied a right song
    at the right moment.

    Country or pop music , or whatever I have all the time to make a choice depending of my feeling .

    in conclusion;I play all the time in regard of my feeling.

  5. Rich h January 25, 2016 at 7:30 PM #

    Damn . . . You may have hit a nerve. I wasn’t aware that I was doing this, but something has been getting in the way for years.
    Thanks Lisa.

  6. Tony Tucker January 25, 2016 at 8:25 PM #

    Yes, GUITAR PRACTICE AVOIDANCE happens to me all the time, Lisa. And I have a few other “tricks” that I have at hand to keep me busy with my guitars instead of playing them:- Like which one shall I practice with and play today? The electric or my Epiphone acoustic – or maybe one of the Pono’s. It seems there is no “right” guitar for working on barre chords vs. some other practice routine.

    And it’s unusually cold in Central Thailand today. My fingers are stiffer than usual. Maybe wait until the weather warms up a bit, huh?

    Oh yes, I can come up with lots of reasons to put off guitar practice. So… thanks much for reminding me that it’s all a bunch of excuses!

    By the way, FINALLY I understand what “relative minor” is all about from your Guitar Tricks course. Now that really is a bit of progress!

  7. Anne January 26, 2016 at 2:55 PM #

    I have torrble with stumming I don’t hear it in the song can u help thank you

  8. Steadwick February 4, 2016 at 9:30 PM #

    Lisa you are so right about what you mentioned in this video. That is typical me. I just can’t find the right time to practice without being distracted by other things to do. What would you suggest to make a serious commitment for me to practice. I have plenty of time at hand but then I utilize it in doing the wrong things instead of practicing the guitar. Anyway I have to change my habits. Thanks and God Bless.

  9. Guy Fuller February 5, 2016 at 1:38 PM #

    Words spoken so softly, it’s the truth. I have been taking lessons with private Guy. Get frustrated because he’s teaching me the Panasonic scale. No songs..I wish you were close I would take lessons from you!
    Thanks Ms Lisa

  10. Hank February 12, 2016 at 10:03 AM #

    Great bit of inspiration there! Even for those of us who have played for years. You are right,
    there is a challenge but it is so rewarding afterwards. Besides,for the serious player you
    must pick up the instrument or your fingers will get soft and your mind will slip. Just like
    most things in life I suppose.


  11. admine February 12, 2016 at 10:56 AM #

    Thank you, Guy! And, hey, you CAN take lessons with me. I’d love that! There’s more info on my website, Getting Started With Guitar.
    Have a look and let me know your thoughts – I may have some good ideas for you.
    Best, Lisa

  12. admine February 12, 2016 at 10:59 AM #

    Hi Steadwick,
    I wonder if it might help if you had a specific practice area set up. A chair, a music stand, your guitar, your music. And set up in a way that you are not looking around the room or the house and being distracted by things vying for your attention. Believe it or not, I have set up ‘practice nooks’ like this for myself over the years, and the best ones have turned out to be when I sat facing a wall or a window, with my back to the rest of the room.
    Then, you might set a goal for yourself, with a timer – say, 15 minutes a day. Keep it simple and doable. That might just help practicing become more comfortable and more routine for you. Let me know your thoughts.

  13. admine February 12, 2016 at 11:02 AM #

    Hi Anne,
    Lots of people struggle with this same thing! I have some great beginner-friendly strumming courses on GuitarTricks. I start you at the very beginning, and help you to develop both your technique, and, your ‘ear’, so you can figure out some songs on your own. You can try the site for free for 2 weeks at this link:
    Let me know if you decide to check into it, and I will point you in the direction of some really good beginning strumming lessons that should help you out a lot.

  14. admine February 12, 2016 at 11:03 AM #

    So true!

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