Meeting the tiger

November 27th, 2010

There’s an old Chinese saying that goes: “If you go to the mountain often enough, you will meet the tiger.”

What that means is, if you only go once or twice, chances are, you’re probably not going to meet the tiger, but go more often, and the odds increases that you’re going to meet it one day.

In other words, if you go more often, you’re pushing your luck.

It’s a kind of folk wisdom that needs no scientific validation or empirical data. We just know it’s true.

I’ve found that the principle works in reverse too.

And it applies to guitar playing.

If you practice one hour or two hours a day, you’re probably not going to get that breakthrough you’re looking for. To increase your chances of getting that breakthrough, you’ll have to practice a lot more.

So if you really want to meet that tiger (and that breakthrough), you’ll have to keep on going up that mountain.

And if you go enough times, it’ll appear one day.

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