I really love playing the guitar. But one stuff I get rid of for the first month of 2017 is my electric guitar. The same guitar which has accompanied me on a journey since 6 years ago. The first electric guitar I ever bought. The most wanted stuff for me since I was a young kid pretending to be a rockstar with a badminton racket at my hands.
I practised a lot and played gigs with this guitar during my student days. However, I rarely play this guitar recently. Working a corporate job means I have to spend most of my days at work. With little time available, I found it is difficult to still play the electric. It needs a lot of setup before playing. Most of the time, I only noodle around with the effect and try the countless possible sounds. At the end of the day, I never really improve my practise section.
I took some pictures of my electric guitar and put it on the online selling site. With a heavy heart. But I think it is a right decision.
I still have an acoustic guitar, though. In contrast with the electric counterpart, it is simpler. Just grab and play. In limited time, such as after woke up in the morning or just before I want to go to bed, I still can play the acoustic guitar. It is more efficient in terms of time.
I contemplate that this is not about stuff anymore. Minimalism emphasis on the value of everything we have. It’s not about having a stuff, but whether it has any value for us. I don’t get any more value from the electric. I realise that now I’m not a gigging musician. If I just play guitar at home with limited time, the acoustic one will serve a better use.
One thing I learn from this context is that things are changing. Things giving values in our life are changing. We shall keep revaluing them and decides what is relevant for current circumstances. I also found an idealistic reason for selling the electric guitar. I have decided the new approach to guitar playing. Previously it was instrument-centric, jazz and soloing stuff. Now I try to focus on the singer-songwriter aspect of a guitar player which I think more in line with my commitment mentioned in the previous post as a writer.