20 minutes a day.
If that is all is needed for success in life, there would be a lot more successful people.
Also i wonder does it apply to teaching? Because good teaching is multi-skilled. Ive always thought naturally born teachers do it easily without practice
i play guitar. Uve improved through practice but I could never perform. Too much anxiety.
Macartney is a natural born genius. I attempt his Maybe Im Amazed via fingerstyle guitar. Just love that song. what a vocalist he is too.
I think Faith is indeed required in learning something and doing 20 mins a day WILL make you better at it, but of course if put your “heart” in it and you really want to do it, application and concentration will help you focus.
Then you will probably go further than 20 mins a day. I play everyday until I get it right and it goes way beyond 20 mins a day because I get a bit obsessed with perfection sometimes (can't help it). I am learning “The Turkish March” at the moment by Mozart, but because I was classically trained when I was young, I remember the basics of it from early years but it was kinda sloppy as I didn't really like doing it as my piano teacher used to whack my fingers with a stick when I got it wrong - she was kind of harsh. Now I like doing it so it's easier but it does come back to you. Knowing chords is a good start (although boring).
Although everyone in this house is kinda sick of the “Turkish March”…..you hear echoes of “WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO PLAY SOMETHING ELSE!!!!!” yelled out. I think they hate the “Turkish March” now as there is such a thing as overplay. They would rather I played “"Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five” as the classical stuff can be a bit heavy all the time. I try to mix it up or I end up hating the song if I play it too much.
However a good tip is habit. If you get into the habit of something, it becomes a normal part of life. I set aside a certain time of day for practise, no disturbances and just get on with it. It gives you a sense of fulfilment and then you naturally get better at it. Or as my Dad used to stay “its alright once you get STARTED”.
My son, who is also a musician, thinks like you. He thinks you are born with a natural talent but who knows? I do know though that musical people tend to grow up with encouragement, musical instruments and the ability to “get on with it”. If you don't have any musical encouragement or any instruments then it's pretty hard.
After all, there could be lots of downhill ski champions in the making, but if they don't have any skis because they cannot afford them or do not have any snow around them, how would they be? I guess the ones that make it despite this are the real “overcomers”!
Good luck on perfecting the guitar - my son started off years ago with “Horse with no name” and needless to say we are all sick of that song too now! But he now does rumba and flamenco.