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Have you ever told a good fish story? You know, the kind of one where the one that got away, gets bigger and bigger each time you tell it. In my conversations with fellow guitar players and musicians, I’ve noticed that there can be a guitar equivalent of the “fish story.” You know what I mean; bragging that you’ve mastered a song that isn’t so mastered or claiming you can play all the scales using 32nd notes at 250 bpm. All of us have told one of these stories at one point or might let occasional tale slip. If you say that you don’t or never have, I’m willing to bet that you are telling one right now.
I’ll admit that I’ve let a few stories pass my lips. Just recently, I caught myself telling a guitar version of the “fish story”. I was in a conversation with another musician who plays fiddle/guitar and I exaggerated my daily practice routine. I let it slip that I practice at least four hours a day or more. Over the next couple days, I replayed that conversation over and over in my head and wished I hadn’t said that but no one’s perfect. I do practice quite a bit but lately, I’m lucky to get 40 minutes of practice in, let alone 4 hours. It’s been pretty busy at my paying job.
So why do we let out these little white lies? I can’t tell you why this one slipped out of my mouth. I would like to think it was my way, subconsciously, to motivate my ass back to practicing more. Who knows? I’ll leave that up to the Psychologists or others to figure that out but I can tell you one thing; I’ve practiced a heck of a lot more the last couple of days just to keep me honest. Four hours a day? Well… I won’t go there. Especially in writing.
So what’s your guitar tale? Leave a comment and get it off your chest. You will feel better after you do.