Climbing The Mountain 3 Student Guitar Recital

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The Temple Of The Sacred String presents "Climbing The Mountain 3 - Student Guitar Recital". Students of Greg Vaughan perform, Greg performs at the end. Venue opens at 1 pm. Show starts at 2. $5 at the door. (No charge for performing students or kids 3 and under) This event is ALL AGES! :-)

"Climbing The Mountain" is my favorite metaphor for mastering a song - not just learning it, but mastering it. Often when someone says they "know" a song, that does not mean they can perform the song well in front of an audience, let alone play the song at all. Many times it simply means someone showed them where to put their fingers to play bits and pieces of the song, or maybe they saw some guitar tab. But that is not the same as truly "knowing" that song, which I interpret to mean you can perform it in time, from beginning to end. For in the process of attempting to master any song there will be physical limitations to overcome, timing difficulties to deal with, and memorization issues. Only when you can perform that song from beginning to end, in time, will you truly understand the discipline, patience, skill, and sacrifice involved in such a feat. And you will have learned new technical skills and musical tricks. That is why I always say "don't just learn the song, learn the lesson." Someone showing you how to play a song or looking at sheet music is like having a map that shows the path up a mountain. You do not truly "know" the path until you have made the journey, challenged yourself, and overcome all obstacles to reach the top. Only then do you fully realize the profound difference. This philosophy is as ancient as all the Chinese Proverbs I love so much. Here is a more recent quote that summarizes it quite well.

"You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know. - René Daumal
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