I just came across this really cool story about some kids who lived in a floating village in Thailand.
Serious – it’s a floating village. Watch the video above!
All day long, they’d watch football (ie soccer) on TV, until one day they decided they wanted to play football themselves, rather than just watching it all the time.
So they decided who was going to play what position, got a ball, and then realized that they had no place to play… because remember?
They quite literally lived on a floating village!
Unwilling to accept defeat, the boys began gathering sticks and planks and nails, and gradually build themselves a floating football field. Sure, it was kind of small, had an uneven surface with bent nails poking out of it, and the ball often went into the water, but now they were PLAYING!
Time went by, and the boys learned some fancy footwork, mostly so they didn’t have to go swimming so often to recover the ball.
One day they heard about a tournament on the mainland, and decided to enter. None of them had ever played on grass before… let alone in an official match!
They managed to get second place in the whole tournament, all due to the skills they’d developed in their little homemade floating football pitch.
In the championship game, they were down 2-0. It was raining heavily, and they were having a hard time wearing shoes. So, at half time they opted to play barefoot instead, and managed to tie up the game, until the other team scored the winning point at the last minute.
Since then, that football club has gone on to win the national youth championship multiple years in a row, and it is recognized as one of the best clubs in the country.
What’s this got to do with guitar? Quite a bit, I think.
First – these kids literally didn’t have any place to play.
How many guitar players think they’ll only ever get good at playing (especially soloing) if they’re in a band?
And let’s face it – many guitar players don’t even want to be in a band, with all the schedules and responsibility that comes along with it, let alone trying to find dependable, willing, players of a decent quality!
But instead of giving up, they MADE themselves a place to play.
How many guitar players accept defeat when a seemingly impossible challenge pops up, rather than step back and take a fresh look at the situation, with a determination that there MUST be a way through?
In the context of playing guitar – some people make their own jam tracks, and this is a great way to simulate playing in a band situation… giving you that crucial experience of playing with other instruments… without all the “social hassles” that come with being in a band.
However, not everyone has the equipment or the know-how to make their own jam tracks, and so I put together a collection of 30 high quality jam tracks that can serve as your own “floating practice field.”
Sure – it would be great if everyone reading this had opportunity to play in a live band for themselves, but hey – for most people, it’s just not gonna happen. The great news is, you can still become a great player in less than perfect conditions.
Just like those kids did.
Better yet – the collection of jam tracks I’m referring to comes with a 100 minute bonus lesson that will help you get oriented, showing you the single most important scale you need to get started soloing with, and teaching you a bunch of cool riffs to start off with.
(If I remember correctly, there are something like 84 different riff variations in there…)
Even if you live on the top of a mountain in the Rockies and only ever see other humans twice a year, you can still be rocking out with these jam tracks, improving your guitar skills each and every day.
Don’t accept the impossible!