Have you ever been in a guitar playing slump?

The Man Who Thinks He Can. By Mario Amengual

Have you ever been in a slump? Or had days when your desire to practice was minimal to even none? Do you look at your guitar idols and think “What’s the use? I will never be that good! “ Well you came to the right article.

But before I can say anything else to you . I would like to tell you that truthfully I can’t give you anything and don’t expect a magic wand. I only ask that right now if you care to open your mind and heart I can give you some advice or a better way of looking at your situation. It is really up to you and only you have the power to decide what you will do. Doubt is a natural human feeling. There has never been a human born who has not wrestle with doubt. Believe me! If you read the life of all the great musicians, scientists, and entertainers who have contributed to this world you will find doubt.

What made all these great men and women carry on was that they did not let their doubt stop them from going for it. Maybe you are just starting to do sweeping arpeggios and you can’t get the pick to hit the strings right or maybe you are more advanced and can’t get over the 180 mark on the metronome as examples. What ever it is in Music or life there comes a time when we face something we never face before and doubt comes in. I can hear you say “Hey Mario I really feel what you are saying what can I do man! “


Before you can put you pick to the string or hit over 180 mark on the metronome, you must believe in yourself, and that the possibility to achieve this is within you. Think about all the great guitarists out there, they put on their pants the same way you do (or dresses if you are a girl).

What made these players great players is that they worked hard and long to accomplish their dream and that doubt, fear, failure is all part of the course. Think about this. What type of world would we have if Beethoven gave up when he began to lose his hearing and never wrote his Ninth symphony, or The composer Handel who wrestle with depression never wrote Handel Messiah, or Jimi Hendrix decided because all guitar where for right handed players and he was left handed “Hey what’s the use “. I tell you my friends I have seen a man play with his feet (because he had no hands) and that did not stop him !

Everyone I have mention and many more understand that success in any endeavor come’s with a great price of hard work, determination and to the man who thinks he can.

When you doubt your potential to accomplish your dream. You will give up. I think that sometimes we forget that talent is a product of hard work. No one can make you a better player! You must earn it !

"I will also suggest that if you are stuck don’t be ashamed of asking for help."

There are many great resources on the net.My Friend and mentor Tom Hess has written some great articles. One in particular is about finding a guitar teacher. Just follow the link to the article.

Yes playing guitar can be a great challenge, but to accomplish and overcome one lick at a time . Well there is nothing like it in the world.

Remember, man stepped on the moon, man has flown the skies, and he has built great building and done marvels with medicine. So be certain that your goals are within your reach. All that is required is hard work, focus and believing in yourself. Here is the poem dealing with believing in yourself.

The Man Who Thinks He Can!

If you think you are beaten, you are; If you think you dare not, you don't! If you'd like to win, but think you can't, It's almost a cinch that you wont.

If you think you'll lose, you're lost For out in the world we find Success begins with a fellow's will; It's all in the state of mind!

If you think you're outclassed, you are; You've got to think high to rise. You've got to be sure of yourself before you can win the prize.

Life's battles don't always go To the strongest or fastest man; But sooner or later the man who wins Is the man who thinks he can!

Author ~ Walter D. Wintle

Mario Amengual was born in Havana, Cuba Oct.31 1960. Early 1966 Mario's Family moved to the US. Later in 1977 ( age 17 ) Mario began to play after hearing Frampton comes Alive. 1982 saw Mario married and leaving the guitar for almost 7 years. " I sold my Gibson Les Paul for financial need " 1988-2005. Mario pickup the guitar and began a steady pace of learning all the new player in that period. 2002 I got frustrated with what I knew and could not find a Shred guitarist here in Miami. I discovered the Internet world. There I found Tom Hess ( who I studied with for 2 years ) who I am indebted. I now have two bands Members Only ( Classic Rock band, My original Music Marv Amen Project and my instrumental music which I am working on to release my cd soon ). Influences: Neil Schon, Al Demeola, Van Halen, Vinny Moore, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Tony Macalpine, Gary Moore. Shred guitarist Tom Hess, George Bellas, Brett Garsed, Shawn Lane and Jimi Hendrix. All these guys have really inspired me to grow.

We must believe to succeed. Good Luck. Question or comments please email me at marioamengual@bellsouth.net

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