I’ve been learning to play the bass guitar for just under a year, and although I’m not very good right now, I’m really enjoying the process. It’s like putting a puzzle together.
Each new concept I learn about the bass guitar is like an individual piece of a puzzle. There are so many “pieces” of knowledge needed to successfully make music with a bass guitar. For several months, I felt like I’ve just been collecting pieces of this bass guitar puzzle.
Lately, the learning process has become much more exciting, because I’m now seeing how some of the pieces of the puzzle I’ve been learning are starting to fit together. Scales make more sense now because I understand how they are used regarding keys and triads. Those pieces fit together with the concepts I’ve learned regarding improvising and composing. It’s fun to see my understanding grow as the picture gets clearer with each piece I acquire.
I think it’s like that with any new experience we undertake. The process seems to be:
- Collect pieces of the puzzle in the form of knowledge and understanding
- See how these pieces fit together
- The picture becomes more clear
- We go back to step 1 and repeat the process
If you’re trying to learn something new and are getting frustrated with the progress, perhaps you should change what you’re looking at. Instead of looking at the completed picture of what you’re trying to accomplish, why not look at how the pieces of what you have learned fit together to give you a glimpse of where you’re going. And keep in mind, with every new piece, the picture becomes a little clearer.