I thought I’d share this email from Bruce, as I found it very inspiring.
There are a lot of people out there (of any age) who feel like they’re “too old”…
Or that they’re just going “through the motions” in life and with their guitar playing.
Bruce shows that it never has to be this way.
This is what he said:
“I just turned a young 72. I didn’t discover I had any artistic ability until I turned 64. When expecting our first grandchild, I decided to draw a picture of Mickey Mouse on the “Grandkids Room” wall. I was so amazed and surprised at how well it came out that I ended up drawing many pictures all over the 4 walls!
I took up the guitar around 67 when on a whim I purchased a 12 string online because I liked the way they sound. (I also have a basic 6 string). I have really enjoyed your course and teaching methods. I can now play around 80 songs I’ve found online that I like, well enough to entertain myself and others who don’t have very discerning ears …ha-ha. It’s a lot of fun!
I picked up my 6-year-old grandson from school last October. He was all excited to show me a picture he drew of Johnny Apple Seed. It was very impressive. So, on the way home we started talking and came up with the idea of a boy who could plant Dinosaur seeds! We brainstormed and came up with the idea for our Johnny Dino Seed book series! It’s been great fun writing them and getting them published. Everyone seems to love them. We have two published, two more manuscripts submitted that are in the illustration process, and I am writing a Fourth of July Holiday addition book currently. I have committed to writing a total of 15 books including more Holiday additions by the end of the year.
My point here, is to back you up with your encouraging messages to your students and to provide you an example of how we should continue to grow and expand our abilities no matter how old we are.
I believe life is, and should be fun, with never ending possibilities for growth while enjoying things like learning and playing the guitar! I believe continuously creating desires, and fulfilling them, creates the life force that keeps us alive and prospering!
Thank you for your contribution to the growth and expansion of the universe with the special way you teach guitar!”
That was an extremely cool email to get.
Bruce shows that there are always plenty of fun things in life to do.
Write, create, play music.
Learn new skills.
Do new things.
Just like Bruce says and I agree…
Life is always that much more enjoyable when we create desires and go and fulfil them.
That has definitely been my experience.
I hope you agree too.
I ordered the book, by the way. It’s on Amazon (It’s called Johnny Dino Seed by Bruce Akins).
Me and Archie have been enjoying it this week.
…And if you’re ready for it and want to experience some new and exciting things in your guitar playing, with like-minded others, you may want to check this out.
The Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy
Keep on playing and keep being creative.
P.S. This post was originally taken from Dan Thorpe’s private email list. To get blog posts like this sent to you which are full of great tips to make fingerpicking, strumming, and learning guitar more enjoyable (especially if you are over 40) join Dan’s list. It’s 100% free, HERE.
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