While playing one of my favorite songs on classical guitar (Etude No. 14 by Italian composer and guitarist Matteo Carcassi), I had a revelation.
When playing guitar, you have to anticipate and visualize (key word visualize) the frets that you’re playing next, just like I did when I was reaching my high D on the 10th fret, first string.
If you don’t play guitar, it doesn’t matter. The point is, just like in life, when you want something, you have to SEE yourself there, visualize it, anticipate it… and on guitar, by looking at the fret with your eyes, and following it with your finger, you can almost ensure you’ll hit the right fret.
So the magic formula for success is: visualize, follow with your mind, take action… and play beautiful music. It is one of my favorite things to teach my guitar students, and the beauty of it is you can apply it to real life. Sheer beauty.
This is the song I was playing. Now go on and visualize… (happy things) :).