“This is important: Use your environment to PULL you into playing guitar, instead of PUSHING yourself to practice. It’s not only more effective, it’s also 100 times easier. Pushing requires work. Being pulled, being seduced, and being drawn into picking up the guitar. That’s effortless.
If your goal is to play like Jimmy Page, immerse yourself in his music. Listen to it every day. Take one song, and try to master it. Put that song on repeat and don’t move on until you’ve nailed it. Break it down, dissect it, analyze it, study it, and absorb everything you can on it. Hang out with other people who like the same music, play the same stuff, and do the same things you want to do. Watch videos of him performing. Read some books on him. Read his interviews in guitar mags. Perform his songs for other people. Put yourself in his world for a few weeks. And don’t head off for greener pastures until you literally BECOME the music you’re trying to play. Make sure you do this. The results will absolutely blow you away.”
The above is an excerpt from Ultimate-Guitar.com. It’s a great place to snag tabs of your favorite songs and new to my knowledge, articles. Now, there is a lot of junk out there and the article is a bit pessimistic for my taste but after sifting through it, I found helpful advice that actually ties into my earlier post about everyone being carbon copies of what they’re passionate about.
When I wrote that post back in March, I did not identify any musicians who inspired me and wow, how quickly that has changed! Now that I finally have musicians I look up to, listen to, and stalk on social media, I already notice the influence they have on my playing and ear for melodies.
Habits are a product of our environment. Instead of adapting to your environment, modify…refine… mold it into what inspires and pulls you towards your guitar. When you surround yourself with what you want to become, you will become just that. This isn’t rocket science, I know, but sometimes it’s nice to have a reminder when events in your life distract you from your personal goals.