Instant enlightenment

September 16th, 2012

I mentioned in my last article how one word made all the difference in my attempts to master the rest-stroke.

Lightness – it’s so obvious and yet how many of us pay any attention to it?

But just check out any good player.

And I can guarantee you will not find a single one with a heavy touch.

And look at any beginner, and you will probably see that classic heavy beginner touch.

In fact, look at any accomplished person in any field, whether it’s an athlete, a sportsman, a dancer, a martial artist, and I guarantee you will not see a single person with a heavy gait or touch.

In fact, lightness is the key defining characteristic of the Master, the virtuoso.

Lightness is what makes a person look effortless. If you’re moving heavily, you’re in all likelihood not looking effortless.

But back to my earlier point.

How many of us pay any attention to this quality?

How many of us, when we do something for the first time, force our way, try too hard and generally become heavy in our approach?

I was not immune to this tendency. Even though my touch in everything else was light, yet when I attempted to play rest-stroke, it became heavy.

It took one word from Mr. Shearer in his book to help me recognize my error.

And that’s the amazing thing about life and about playing guitar.

Most of the time, the answer to our problems is right there in front of us, but we’re unable to see it.

And it takes a special moment, when all the pieces are in the right places, when we’re completely open and receptive; when that moment comes, it doesn’t take much – just one word, and voila! instant enlightenment!

So now that we’ve established that lightness is a key quality of virtuosity.

How about other qualities? Are there any other key qualities that you have to be aware of besides lightness?

The answer is yes, but you’ll have to read the AOV to find out.

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