I do most of the landscaping on my property myself due a few reasons. One – I enjoy the exercise, two – I get a sense of satisfaction when the lawn, shurbs and plants look great and three, I got tired very fast of fixing someone else’s poor landcaping jobs.
But, one item that gave me a lot of trouble was using a line edger to cut perfectly straight lines in the mulch and flower beds. My work never quiete looked great. It looked amateurish for a long time. Through error and just simply doing it week after week for 11 years, I can edge the lawn in perfect lines. Not a week, a month or a year. 11 years!
You get a sense of flow and know how when you repeat a task for over a decade while trying to improve the task each time. At this time I can out-edge most “pro” landcapers I see driving around.
I decided to share that because it can provide a good lesson to music students. You won’t learn to play the instrument or learn a challenging riff, or a song in a day. To perfect something it took me 11 years of once every two week action. Remember that.
I hear you on that Mike. I’ve been playing for about 40 years. My first 20 were to get stoned and learn the song half ass and the solo not so good. But as long as I looked like a rock god that was just fine. Reality came when I gave up the partying and focused more on how the song should sound and correctly playing solo. I started to play more from the soul and started to understand nuances and the delicate sounds of my equipment. The solo’s started to take on a new meaning instead of guitar gymnastics and non-sensible flying fingers. It took years of practice and you find there are endless amounts of learning no matter how many years you have under your belt..