A Guitar Lesson from David Wilcox that went Deeper Still

I woke up in time to wash my hair and put on some make-up.  It was a Skype session after all.  If I was going to make a fool of myself by not knowing what the five chord was, or by not being able to reach my left hand across enough frets, at least I wanted to look my best while I was doing it!  I had watched enough David Wilcox videos, and seen him play live enough times, to know that his guitar playing was mysterious and tricky. 

I prepared a wish list ahead of time of what I wanted to cover during the lesson.  It was an ambitious list for forty minutes.  That was the time I was told I would have, although it ended up being longer. The spirit of the list was that I wanted to be introduced to new “songwriting palettes.” I wanted to learn a new tuning or two and a bit about the magic he creates with capos, and there was a song of his that I wanted to learn my way around…

He showed up on time, welcoming and kind.  He graciously permitted me to record the lesson, so that I would not have to take notes.  He understood the spirit of what I was after, and the lesson was deeply satisfying. We laughed and talked about songwriting, and had a good time.  He even gave me his address and welcomed me to send him my new CD when it is ready.  Oh, and without me having to ask, when he got to the big left hand stretch in Deeper Still, he told me the trick of getting it to sound clear.

The biggest lesson of all was once again being reminded that magic exists outside of my comfort zone.  I wanted to win the lesson! When I did, I was thrilled, but then anxiety set in.  I was both excited and scared.  The fear was unfounded.  I need to remember that.  I need to remember to run toward what thrills me, and to not be held back by fear.  Some fears keep me safe, and some fears keep me bound.  I can always tell them apart, even when they feel the same.  My intention this year is to be brave, even when fear makes me want to stay where I am. 

Thanks David!

12 comments

  • alisa

    alisa

    Hurray! Congratulations again, my friend-- looking forward to hearing the fearless music you paint with your new palettes in the future!! :) xo

    Hurray! Congratulations again, my friend-- looking forward to hearing the fearless music you paint with your new palettes in the future!! smile xo

  • Denise

    Denise

    Thanks Alisa!

    Thanks Alisa!

  • Gina

    Gina

    Oh Denise...just what I needed to read tonight! I am so glad that your session with David was so great and taught you such an amazing lesson. Here is to stop "freezing in fear!" Cheers to you and your musical career. I am so glad you are running after your dreams.

    Oh Denise...just what I needed to read tonight! I am so glad that your session with David was so great and taught you such an amazing lesson. Here is to stop "freezing in fear!" Cheers to you and your musical career. I am so glad you are running after your dreams.

  • Denise

    Denise

    Thanks Gina. This was just what I needed to read tonight! It is empowing to know that I am supported on this path I have chosen. Thanks for walking with me, and for reading my blog. Much appreciated...

    Thanks Gina. This was just what I needed to read tonight! It is empowing to know that I am supported on this path I have chosen. Thanks for walking with me, and for reading my blog. Much appreciated...

  • Bryan Abes

    Bryan Abes Kennett square, Pennsylvania

    Hello, hello! That big left hand stretch reminded me of the big left pinky stretch on that one chord in the Dodi Li that you sang for the wedding. I've definitely been held back by fear over that one. Perhaps I ought to buck up, be brave and look back into that song one day, and not let that one thing about it intimidate me. I Think that's just what you inspired me to do with your message of not letting fear hold you back.

    Hello, hello! That big left hand stretch reminded me of the big left pinky stretch on that one chord in the Dodi Li that you sang for the wedding. I've definitely been held back by fear over that one. Perhaps I ought to buck up, be brave and look back into that song one day, and not let that one thing about it intimidate me. I Think that's just what you inspired me to do with your message of not letting fear hold you back.

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    Bryan, I know you can do that pinky stretch. I can help you. That song is too beautiful to pass on because of that. Yeah to being brave!!

    Bryan, I know you can do that pinky stretch. I can help you. That song is too beautiful to pass on because of that. Yeah to being brave!!

  • harry

    harry maine

    David Wilcox! let the circle be unbroken. Is it irony, fate, kindness of the universe, or ? Another encounter with Mr Wilcox. that's awesome. Playing the same show! that's awesomer. you've earned it by your diligence over decades of persistence, insistence, and consistence. Way to lead the way out of the darkness for myself and the floundering few who insist on letting hurdles appear overwhelming. I am very happy for you getting this gig and it is a real inspiration to read about your musical journey. thanks for sharing it with us

    David Wilcox! let the circle be unbroken. Is it irony, fate, kindness of the universe, or ? Another encounter with Mr Wilcox. that's awesome. Playing the same show! that's awesomer. you've earned it by your diligence over decades of persistence, insistence, and consistence. Way to lead the way out of the darkness for myself and the floundering few who insist on letting hurdles appear overwhelming. I am very happy for you getting this gig and it is a real inspiration to read about your musical journey. thanks for sharing it with us

  • harry d

    harry d maine

    i think the baseball reference in 'Oldest Dream' might be... "i'll make friends with your ghost" which is what Kevin Costner's character did with Shoeless Joe Jackson in the movie 'Field of Dreams'. That's my best guess

    i think the baseball reference in 'Oldest Dream' might be... "i'll make friends with your ghost" which is what Kevin Costner's character did with Shoeless Joe Jackson in the movie 'Field of Dreams'. That's my best guess

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    Hey Harry. It's funny - I have always run into him a lot, sometimes in random ways. I am excited for this show. Now I just hope that the weather cooperates. It is a rain or shine outdoor event. Thank you for always seeing me through the glass half full. I am having some exciting opportunities right now, and I am grateful. I also live with a lot of uncertainty. Having you on this path with me helps to lift me up. Thank you! Oh, and one of these times, I really do want you to come down and do my songwriter in the round event. You are so good. I want to show you off.

    Hey Harry. It's funny - I have always run into him a lot, sometimes in random ways. I am excited for this show. Now I just hope that the weather cooperates. It is a rain or shine outdoor event. Thank you for always seeing me through the glass half full. I am having some exciting opportunities right now, and I am grateful. I also live with a lot of uncertainty. Having you on this path with me helps to lift me up. Thank you! Oh, and one of these times, I really do want you to come down and do my songwriter in the round event. You are so good. I want to show you off.

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    The baseball thing is close... Right movie. :)

    The baseball thing is close... Right movie. smile

  • Sofia Huon de Kerilleau

    Sofia Huon de Kerilleau USA

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  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    You're welcome Sofia!

    You're welcome Sofia!

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