It saddens me to do so, but I’m taking a break from the guitar lessons I started back in September. I intend to keep playing, but the lessons have become one more responsibility for me to worry about. And the original idea for all of this was, in part, that I needed an escape from responsibilities. Lately I’ve been avoiding practice because I wasn’t getting any better at trying to learn “The Wind Cries Mary,” for example. And then I’d feel guilty about coming to the lesson not having improved since the previous week. Not fun.
So after talking it over with my instructor, we agreed that I should take some time off from the lessons for a little while until I get back to feeling comfortable about playing. I need to find my focus, rediscover what it is I want to achieve as an amateur musician, and determine how this outlet for creativity fits in with the rest of my life. Obviously these are significant tasks.