posted on May, 12 2014 @ 08:04 PM
When I was 15, I set out to learnThe Rain Song
by Zeppelin. I worked with it for about two
years off and on, and then one day, I went in a semi-cheesy music store in Hollywood and saw *gasp!* Led Zeppelin Anthology! It was marked down to
$10.00, and I spent my last tenner, clutching my treasure in my sweaty hands and carried it home. Well. It helped some, but a few weeks later, I
discovered that it wasn't REALLY how Jimmy Page played it. Pissed me off. The Nerve.
Fast forward to two years ago. I came across Bobby Crispy's tutorial
on youtube. I was
reborn. FINally, after four short hours of repetition, I was able to play the song as it had originally been played. It almost brought tears to
my eyes to finally be able to do it after having working on the [expletive] song for 41 years.
Internet resources are wonderful. Here's the thing. I think that a person never stops learning when they embark upon study of the guitar.
It's like life -- you stop learning, maybe you start dying, or at least stagnating. I also think that once a person has a wee bit of skill under
their belt, it is MANDATORY that you mentor someone, even if you weren't mentored yourself. Pay it forward. It's one of the best things you can
do in life, is to help someone else out upon the road to love of the guitar.