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We Need More Beginners...

We may need more beginners… I think I have playing for three years now. I have been playing long enough now that I have forgotten exactly when I started to learn. That doesn't mean much either because most of the time I can't remember where I left my keys. I feel good about what I have learned and about how far I have come. Which brings me to my point. Feel good about what you do. Love your music. Don't sit there and tell yourself how poorly you play. Above all else; don't apologize to others that you are "just a beginner." I have done this. I can see now that I should not have. I came to this revelation after a conversation about woodworking. Without bragging, I can say with all confidence

Notes from Madame President...

Happy New Year, GPDA! 'Tis the season of "New Year's Resolutions." Have you made some? Personally, I have never been a fan of making resolutions. I do, however, set goals for myself every January. Goals give me direction for the year, without making me feel like a failure if I don't get things done every single day. Short-term goals are specific, small projects I can take on right away. Long-term goals are my favorite, though. They help me dream of my future and keep me inspired to work hard on those sometimes-tedious short-term goals. Here are some examples of music goals I have set for myself in past years: *Learn 20 fiddle tunes by heart *Figure out all the major and minor chords on my du

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