One of my pet peeves is this silly notion that anyone can play guitar. Not without the right tools, they can’t. And, almost by default, the tools beginners get to start having a go at it are faulty, or incomplete at best. So, I pick up my guitar, start playing, figure out a couple of easy things and then… SLAM. I run into a dead end. Rightfully, I feel cheated. I feel insecure, and probably stupid: “Anyone can play guitar? Well, not me… there must be something wrong with me if everybody else is doing it: I just can’t seem to get it”.
Harmful beliefs. In truth, the guitar is one of the most complicated instruments to master. Even trying to transpose the easiest of open chords using a barré can make one feel inadequate or incompetent. Even after years. Try delving deeper into harmony and voice-leading and SLAM. Dead end after dead end. No wonder everyone just defaults to stupid (yes, stupid) chord boxes.
You see, to me, chord boxes are stupid by definition. All they say is “put your finger here, then here”. Why? What other options do I have? How does this connect to an underlying system? What’s the big picture view? Nothing. Zilch. Nada. Stupidity defined.
So, yes, playing guitar just like everybody else is easy. Just follow the same stupid recipes everyone else does. Then, to feel good, go buy some guitar mags. Go buy some gear. Spend more dough on useless shit that does not improve your musicianship.
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