I found your post quite profound and I agree with everything you said.Arion Romanus wrote: ↑Sat May 25, 2019 11:41 pmWithout getting overly morbid, I think that when it comes to these things its helpful to keep one's mortality in view. It's very easy to get caught up in these notion of success, achievement and "greatness" but in the grander view of things they don't really amount to much. No matter if you are a fourth rate bedroom player or "the best" guitarist ever, your prowess on the instrument won't do you much good in the end. There's no doubt that the name of Giuliani, for example, will be remember far longer than mine, but in the face of eternity the difference hardly seems worth considering, and there is almost something comforting about that. There is a kind of fundamental equality built into the universe and achieving "greatness" will not exempt you from our common fate.
Given the transient nature of all things I think it's unhelpful to dwell too much on greatness or success, because unlike with baseball, there are no "winners" in the game of life (so to speak). No matter how much you achieve it will all be taken from you in the end. Thus, I try to worry less about a supposed "end goal" and more about being engaged in the process as it is happening. Even if your abilities and circumstances are ideal, there are no guarantees in life, so unless you find the journey itself meaningful there's little point in striving towards some far off goal which may never happen. This is especially true given how often our goals and dreams are actually someone else's that we've somehow gotten stuck with. Things that we think we should want, rather than things we actually want.
Besides, you don't have to examine the lives of so called "greats" for very long before realizing that greatness does very little to bring you fulfillment or happiness. As much as we like to think so, achieving the worldly trappings of success won't suddenly "fix" us or makes us whole. If you enjoy playing your instrument you've already "won", and if you aren't, there's probably no amount of talent or success that will ever change that.
Absolutely!twang wrote: ↑Sun May 26, 2019 11:54 amIt doesn't matter; strive for your dream whatever it is. What is important is not to attach yourself (your self-esteem, your happiness, your well being, your peace of mind) to the goal but to find the joy in your progress wherever you happen to be.
"Little do ye know your own blessedness; for to travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour."
-Robert Louis Stevenson
The only comment I could add to this, playing and the process of learning not only develops you musically but also as a person. I have changed so much since I started learning with a good teacher.lagartija wrote: ↑Sat May 25, 2019 8:37 pmPart of the reason I pay good money for a good teacher is to help me develop as a musician by choosing pieces for me that are challenging but not out of reach. I tell him some of the pieces on my wish list and he comes up with pieces that have the same flavor, challenge my musicianship, but are possible for me to play well enough to perform. I laughed one time as we discussed repertoire and I said that I will probably not live long enough to play anything that Dyens wrote; I would love to play Tango in Skai. I bought the score so I could listen and read along as my favorite performers played the piece. I then realized that there were more notes being played than I heard in the piece because the speed was faster than my audio processor worked at that time. my current teacher mentioned that there were other pieces he wrote that were within my reach. Likewise, I probably won’t live long enough to play Bach’s Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro. But again, there are things that Bach wrote that are within my grasp, but still challenging and intriguing. My teacher makes sure I don’t waste my time on over reach and recognizes that I want to play a piece well and expressively, not just the notes so I could claim I could play it. My first teacher allowed me to play things I really was not ready for. I did play them. Badly, although I was not aware of that at the time. I guess he thought if he let me play a piece that was too hard, I would soon give up....but that did not happen! Non musicians enjoyed my playing of those pieces way back then, but when I listen now to recordings I made of them as I worked on them, I cringe. However, I learned a lot as I learned them, both technically and musically. They helped me develop my ears and fingers, so it was not a total loss, but I might have developed faster if I had played other pieces that were more aimed at developing my musicianship in a logical manner.
It all depends on why *you* are playing music. If for your own satisfaction, then after you decide what satisfies you, the choice is yours to over reach or not.
Haha Very well said indeed! And it IS just that, isn't it - a seduction! We've all been seduced by the CG in some form or another.