Effortless vs. no effortJanuary 6th, 2011
Effortlessness is an integral part of my strategy to guitar playing. In fact, it is the defining principle of my life.
But words have their limitations and the term ‘effortless’ is full of ambiguities. I’ve had at least one YSA (Young Smart Aleck) come and tell me he doesn’t practice because he’s doing it the “effortless” way.
Well, there’s a huge difference between effortless playing and not playing at all.
One describes a state of mastery, the other describes a state of general laziness (to use a politically incorrect word).
It got me thinking; how do you distinguish between effortless and no effort?
Here’re a few key differences that come to mind:
Exerts minimal effort
Clearly defined goals
Finds shortcuts to reduce effort
Taps into nature’s energy
A state of mastery
Exerts zero effort
Does not practice
Finds excuses to avoid effort
No effort, no energy required
A state of cluelessness