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  1. ThatGuy
    January 2nd, 2014 @ 11:26 am

    Wow, this perfectly describes me (and, I’m sure, many others). I realized that I was no longer satisfied with the sheer thrill of learning something new. For a year or more that was enough. Little by little, though, doing it by myself started to make me feel bad instead of good. Over a few months I realized it was the “by myself” part that was the problem. In a burst of either insanity or genius (which it is remains to be seen) I started a meetup.com group. I figure having other people involved, and the responsibility of running a group, will apply the pressure I seem to need to keep going. Ultimately it should lead to having a group of people to play with, which I think will be much more enjoyable than noodling by myself in the basement.

    • David Hodge
      January 2nd, 2014 @ 1:08 pm

      I think you’ve hit upon a big topic – having other people to play with, and on a regular basis, definitely gives one a reason to be playing and practicing. Doesn’t have to be a gigging band, just a few people playing music socially certainly works.

      Here’s hoping that you continue to find new musical challenges (and enjoyment!) in 2014!


  2. Ben
    January 2nd, 2014 @ 1:15 pm

    Great article..Just tweeted it!
    It’s so true how so many projects or goals can sort of slide away over time until we forget why they were important to us.
    Just like “ThatGuy” I’ve found involving other people to be so incredibly helpful for keeping up with something I really want to pursue, whether it’s music, running, or Tai Chi. Taking a class or lessons, or just having someone to do it with makes all the difference.

    • David Hodge
      January 5th, 2014 @ 9:39 am

      Hi Ben

      And thanks for tweeting this article along to others. Hope they enjoy it as much as you did,

      My best wishes to you in 2014 and I look forward to chatting with you again.


  3. Alan
    January 16th, 2014 @ 6:06 pm


    Great post, and could not come at a better time. Like many others we do let things slip by as we get older and we seem to get more commitments. I for one am going to shoot for at least 3 hours a week to my axe and try to make it even more.
    Best wishes,Al

  4. Gary
    February 6th, 2014 @ 6:22 pm

    At 44 I decided I wanted to learn guitar, it was sort of a resolution at the turn of a big change in my life and beliefs. I had forsaken many things before . At 47 I picked one up. I’ve now been at it for almost 7 years, practiced fairly regularly, here and there. Finally think I can call my self an early intermediate player and am getting much more comfortable with most barres and finger picking. The process has taught me much about perseverance and patience. I thoroughly enjoy playing and now that the progress is more visible it inspires me to play more. I have enjoyed your lessons and they way they are laid out and show different skill sets. I have so much more to learn and the love the path I am on.

    Thank you!

  5. Dennis Fraser
    March 5th, 2014 @ 6:47 am

    A very good article which I think applies more to today’s world than it ever has done before. Time goes by so fast and sometimes the most important things get saved for later only to never be attended to at all.

  6. Victor
    July 5th, 2014 @ 6:24 pm

    This post reminded me how badly I don’t want to be someone who used to play the guitar. Guitar is my life and I identify with it so much. It has certainly been a haven from my boredom and sometimes depression. About a year ago I almost completely stopped playing. I still completely considered myself a musician and guitarist but eventually the feeling started creeping in “Am I living I lie?”. Well thankfully I picked up my guitar again and have been practising almost everyday since and it feels great, my skill has improved more then I could have imagined over the last few months and I feel the break was good, It also feel great to be able to teach beginners which is what I do on my site. The passion is back :)

  7. James
    August 19th, 2014 @ 4:02 am

    Very deep article, I couldn’t stop my self from sharing it at Facebook. It reminds of all the little things about life that we forget once we get carried away with our sick ambitions. Couldn’t agree more that music makes our life better!

  8. Fernando Ortiz
    October 18th, 2016 @ 4:43 am

    Great reminder on how i don’t want to be that guy who quit playing guitar i live,sleep and dream about playing like most playing guitar is my life can thank my cousin enough for that day he show me how to play my first song great post and reminder