I’ve discussed previously how I listen to my dreams and try to discern what they are tell me.
However, I’ve noticed a reoccurring theme that comes at least once a week these days. Each dream is different, but it all has me performing the same action, playing guitar. I could be playing my own guitar. I could be playing a friend’s guitar. I could have gone out and bought a new guitar. I could be a younger or older version of myself playing guitar. And in the dream, the guitar is always electric.
I’ve typically ignored these dreams; I’m a pianist remember?
Sometime ago, I decided to concentrate on one instrument and let go of the others, this included the guitar. I wasn’t a college kid anymore, I needed to focus on one instrument. I couldn’t manage dedicated practice time to all my musical interests. So in the past four years, I’ve been studying jazz piano exclusively; taking private jazz piano lessons. And I haven’t looked back since.
But these dreams still keep happening. It’s obvious a part of me still hasn’t let go.
Therefore, this weekend I’m going to set up a small practice space in my home office away from the piano in the living room. I’m not going to schedule a set practice time or have an agenda on what I play. I’m just going to have my electric guitar connected to some headphones in my office and if I feel like practicing, it’s there for me.
We’ll see how this goes.