Tip: Good Habits

Here’s a habit that doesn’t relate directly to playing guitar, but can have a great impact on your practice and playing: Keep a journal.

It was hard for to me find people to hear me gripe about not being able to change chords fast enough, or the tough time I had transcribing a Joe Pass solo. But we don’t need to vent to another person. Vent to paper. You could use a computer document, but paper is better. It’s “realer,” harder, and you can press too hard onto the page to show just how frustrated you are. It’s bloodletting, and it helps.

Thanks for reading.

Copyright © 2010 Darrin Koltow

This first appeared in the Guitar Noise News – October 15, 2008 newsletter. Reprinted with permission.