My biggest passion in life, besides slide guitar, has always been martial arts, particularly as it applies to MMA. Over the years I have studied a number of disciplines: Northern Shaolin Kung Fu, Kashti Kaj, Krav Maga, freestyle wrestling. I currently hold a 1st Dan black belt in Korean Hapkido. Along the way, I was exposed to Bruce Lee's philosophy of Jeet Kune Do.
How does all this apply to guitar? Martial arts' relentless pursuit of form and function, can offer all of us some very practical, and valuable lessons.
Like A Finger, Pointing Away To The Moon...
Perhaps one of the most influential figures in modern martial arts is Bruce Lee. Some 40 years after his death, his dedication to discipline and personal excellence still inspires martial artists around the globe. For those who aspire to a similar success, Bruce Lee's methods and advice can be applied to almost any endeavor, including our beloved guit-fiddle.
In the late 1960's, Lee put the philosophy behind his martial arts style to paper, writing the book Tao Of Jeet Kune Do. The brilliance of Lee's philosophy is that it can not only be applied to any martial art, but to sports, your career, and yes, even guitar. While I highly recommend purchasing the book, for our purposes, I'll simply focus on the point made in the graphic below this article, pertaining to the idea of practice. What Bruce is a saying, is that there is ALWAYS room for improvement. As guitar players, practice should be a part of our daily routine. If you think you don't need to practice, just refer to Bruce Lee's advice.
DO THIS: Try applying Bruce Lee's advice to your guitar practices for 30 days, and I promise you, your skills will explode.