For a while, it was scales, triads, and sightreading every day. Those things are important so don't get me wrong - I'm glad I made them a part of my daily routine. But, I was lacking something. Essentially, I wasn't really having fun with it anymore, and like my mentor said, I was "treating it like a chore".
He was totally right.
Long story short, I'm back to having fun with it, and I don't care what anyone thinks anymore.
1) "White Washed" - August Burns Red
This is one of those songs that I just kinda have to tap my fingers to every time it plays. Rhythmically, this song is crazy fun and I enjoy playing it. (Besides, any time I have to tune down to a drop C, you know it's going to be a fun and heavy song).
2) "What Was I Thinking" - 311
In a way, this song is representative of my desire to change. The title "What Was I Thinking" is fitting considering the fact that I'm asking myself the same question these days. I don't want to let the past consume me, but I really wish I cared less about what everyone was thinking these past few years. I know for a fact that I would be way more ahead.
Hard lessons have been learned, but I'm excited to be enjoying the time spent playing my instrument again. Does that mean everything will be perfect from now on? Definitely not. But instead of doing this for other people, I'm doing it for myself. Maybe that's selfish, but I want to make sure I put my best effort into this. After all, I want to regain what I love the most.