My Guitar Story: Lessons Learned from 20 Years of Playing

Editor’s notes

In this video I want to answer a question that many of you have asked, over the years: when did I start playing guitar? I’ll not only answer that question, but also go pretty deep into my complete guitar playing story. My early attempts to learn, the various times I quit, what finally got me over the hump, what my big early inspirations were, ruts I’ve hit along the way, and finally – a summary of all the big-picture lessons I’ve learned along the way.

My goal in sharing all of this is to give you context on the path I’ve taken. To be honest, it hasn’t been a straight line! There’s been plenty of zig-zags, false starts, areas of frustration, and times in my live when I struggled to find guitar-playing footing. It’s my hope that in detailing all of these travails, it may help you contextualize your own guitar playing journey.

Here’s a list of video timestamps:

Some of the items I mention in this video…

My original binder of printed Song Notes (2003)

As I mention in this video, back in ~2003 I spent a ton of time creating a binder full of printed “song notes”, where each song was meticulously formatted to fit on a single page (for the most part). Here’s a video tour of that binder, if you’re interested:

My brief songwriting period (2008)

I also mention in this video, the period of songwriting I partook in 2008. You can listen to all of the songs I recorded below, and you can also read the lyrics here.

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My ukulele video lessons (2016)

Back in early 2016, I started recording video lessons (technically, “covers”) again – after taking a 3 year break. These videos were all recorded on the ukulele, and match the songs I was casually learning at the time. After I created this handful of lessons, I was again struck with the bug to start recording guitar lessons again… which quickly followed! But if you’re interested, here’s the uke videos I recorded.

The year I started making videos again (2016)

Although I cover it in my full video above, here’s a video I recorded back at the end of 2016 just after getting into the groove of making YouTube videos again. This marks the start of a 5 year (and counting!) era of continued, consistent productivity.

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