Now it might surprise you to know that after playing guitar on and off for years (actually decades), I found myself completely frustrated and discouraged… and even a little bored with my playing.
I wasn’t progressing at all... just spinning my wheels playing the same old riffs and easy songs that I always played.
Then one day I saw a quote by one of my guitar heroes, Jimi Hendrix…
“Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you’ll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you’re gonna be rewarded.” - Jimi Hendrix
And silly as it might sound, somehow knowing that I was not alone made me feel a little better.
But it didn’t help me get out of my rut and get back on track…
And then you know how it goes… the older I got, the more life started getting in the way.
Between work, wife, kids (and kids sports!), home repairs, yard work, “honey do” lists, and on and on… who has time for guitar?
It was looking pretty dismal.
Sure I’d take a little time here and there with it – and I bought all kinds of music books, dvd’s, blank transcription paper, new strings for my guitar, a subscription to one of the guitar mags… just about everything I could think of to push me in the right direction…
But you know how this story ends… none of it worked.
In fact, I just got so overwhelmed I started playing LESS.
It was so bad that I started feeling guilty every time I caught a glimpse of my lonely guitar sitting all by itself in its uncomfortable stand BEGGING me to play it.
And there was only one way to fix that… put the guitar in the closet!
Now my guitar was not only lonely and uncomfortable… it was in solitary confinement.
Finally I took a friend’s advice and signed up for private lessons with his instructor. (Don’t ask me how I thought I was going to find the time to get to him on my lesson days.)
Now it turns out that this wasn’t just ANY instructor… it was Steve Trovato. You might own some of Steve’s books or DVD’s… or you might have seen him featured in Guitar World or Guitar Player.
Steve is a world renowned guitar professional who’s been teaching guitar for nearly three decades. He teaches at the prestigious USC School Of Music and at Musician’s Institute in Hollywood (not to mention… this guy can play.)
After sharing my story of frustration with Steve… and telling him about my search for the ultimate self-teaching guitar tool (which came after I missed like 3 lessons in a row,) we put our heads together and scratched out an outline of what guitar instruction really should look like….
And from that basic concept we added in some top shelf instructors… a few technology gurus… and a LOT of time and hard work and VOILA! – iPerform3D was born.
Sure, it wasn’t easy, but I’m sure you’ll agree that the results are well worth it.