My first career, weight lifting, didn’t work out. My muscles didn’t grow much. I decided I needed something that didn’t require heavy lifting.
I picked up my first guitar when I was 14 years old, I learned a few open chords, a few bar chords and some licks from popular songs. I could play some bits and pieces but never really got anywhere.
I began getting really frustrated because even though I learned many things from different places, no matter what I did I couldn’t turn that into playing the way I really wanted to play, to jam with other people, to feel confident, to experience the ease that I saw with the people that I admired and how I imagined it could be.
Then as a young adult I stumbled across a cassette course on achieving goals. I won’t go into too much detail, but the main idea was to achieve large, even what might seem like impossible goals by breaking them down to smaller steps. It was at a time when I was taking martial arts and I realized that the people that were successful just followed the system.
I took this insight and ran with it. First I researched how other guitarist learned. I read books, contacted private teachers and translated what I learned from them into a step by step program to improve my guitar playing over a period of 2 years.