coming out of the comfort zone
As a teenager growing up in the late 70's and early 80's, I had the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest guitarists of that era. I would put on my favorite albums and try to play the song note for note and I would even attempt the solo of that song as well. Randy Rhoads was my guitar hero and still is to this day. He died in a plane cash in 1982 at the young age of 25. When I heard "Crazy Train" for the very first time I was blown away. The raking of the strings to the monstrous guitar riff intro, incredible. I wanted to be the next Randy Rhoads. Practicing for hours just trying to learn his style I knew that someday I would be able to play like that. Randy recorded 2 albums with Ozzy "Blizzard of Ozz" and "Diary of a Madman". In those days there wasn't "Youtube" or the internet for that matter. I would go to the local music store to try to find music books. What I did learn from this was how to take a chance. Learning an instrument is about taking chances and not being afraid to make mistakes. One has to be able to sit down and not just learn a song note for note but be able to listen to it and understand what is being played, why it is picked like that, guitar and amp being used for that sound or solo. I knew at that stage in my guitar playing career was that I would someday be able to play like Randy Rhoads, if I practiced, had fun while practicing and realized that to get to the next level of playing I would have to attempt the impossible, learn Randy's solos. You can never be timid when it comes to learning your favorite guitar player's style. Making mistakes is part of the learning process and eventually you will nail that solo or riff. Bottom line you can never settle and you need to come out of the comfort zone to get to the next level.