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#beginquote# Wow. I am speechless. If anyone understands where you are coming from it is me. I have felt exactly the same way forever. As a child growing up "music" was how I played. I listened to music. I played on our piano by ear. I made up songs and sang them to family and friends. I didn't realize it and I am sorry that my parents didn't realize that that was how I was "hard wired". I never learned how to read music growing up. I felt I couldn't do it because it just seemed too hard. I understand now that because my brain had an understanding for music, I felt that learning how to read music should have come easily for me. When it didn't come easily I thought perhaps I wasn't meant to learn music. It was that type of thinking that made me put too much pressure on myself when trying to learn. Don't wait until you are 40 years old like I was to come to the realization that you CAN learn to read music but that you have to WORK at it like everybody and everything else. I was always afraid of the failure. Don't do that to yourself. I have been taking guitar lessons for over a year now. (Yes, I too had this NEED to learn the guitar). It has been the best thing I have ever done for myself. One of the most rewarding things that ever happened to me was when I took one of the songs that was playing in my head and I decided to see if I could actually write it down. I showed it to my teacher because I needed help in naming some of the chords. I swear to you when he was able to play what I wrote down (he was able to play the chords and the Melody together. I can't do that yet), I felt like I had died and gone to heaven. I am finally learning how to read and write the language that I have known and understood in my head for so long. I have always created beautiful music in my head but it is only now that I have been able to do anything with those songs other than forget about them. What a gift. My advice? Yes, get a good guitar teacher. Needing and learning from a teacher is nothing to be ashamed of. They have the ability to teach you more than what a book can. A book can't answer all those questions that will pop up into your head. Nor can it push you to try harder, force you to have to play in front of someone or in my case help you to get the music that is in your head, down onto paper. I know this has nothing to do with wanting to be a star. It is an inner need. I totally get that. Quit trying to ignore it and stop thinking that it should come to you easily without the work. If I can do it, you can do it. I promise you that if this is something you really want to work at like the rest of us do, you wont be disappointed. I can tell from your letter that this is something you need to do. Go for it and good luck. #endquote#
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