Video Script: A novice student begins to make progress once they begin to believe that they are a guitarist. An experienced player improves when they envision and accept that they can perform at a higher level. There was a day when even Eddie Van Halen began to believe he had the potential to reinvent rock guitar. His change in self-belief allowed this to happen. To accomplish something the first step is to believe that it’s possible. Then you must embrace the necessary change to make it happen.
There are many excellent guitar programs, including my own, but none are effective unless the student is willing to change. And change is difficult but possible. There’s an enormous amount of resistance to transformation. Sure, you can work on a new program for a few days but your old way of doing things tends to creep back in to squeeze out your new routine. You’re not going to make the change that you want without fighting the tendency to return to what was normal.
Our lives are often defined by inertia. Inertia is the resistance of an object to a change in motion. This resistance to change continues unless the object meets………. an external force.
Hi, I’m Doug Marks, Metal Method guitar instructor, and your friendly external force. Why is transformation so difficult? I’ll explain. After a recent medical exam, I was amazed by my blood test results. Now I don’t know about you, but I never think about keeping my mean corpuscular hemoglobin between a value of 26 and 33 which, of course, is normal. But there it was at 31.7. This was just one of 24 blood test values that my mind and body regulate without any help from me. We are a miracle.
Next time you tell yourself that you can’t improve, that you don’t have talent, that this program isn’t working…. simply accept these thoughts as the way your mind regulates your life to maintain normalcy, just like your blood chemistry.
As you attempt transformation you will often fail. You might get up early to practice only to find yourself sleeping in a week later. You just drifted back to normal. Try to create changes that are less disruptive.
Also, figure out a way to make change pleasurable. What is it that you enjoy most about playing guitar? Be sure THAT ENJOYMENT is part of your daily practice routine.
Although change is difficult it’s not impossible. You’ll find as you improve that improvement is a powerful motivator. It’s like when I clean the garage. It’s not much fun, but after finishing I might make a half dozen trips back to check out my beautiful work. And that helps motivate me to clean the garage next time that it’s a total disaster.
If change wasn’t so difficult, everyone would do it and it wouldn’t be special. As you transform, it’s your extra effort that will make the difference. It’s the change that makes ordinary extraordinary. As you make this transformation, I will be here to help you out. Doug Marks, your external force. Change is possible. You’ll see.