Over the years, I've developed a love for learning. I'm always reading, always curious about new things, always wanting to know why something is the way it is. Recently, I started a new adventure in my continuing quest to learn - I took up the guitar. It has been a fascinating experience.
My friend and 'professor of guitar-ology' Dave, has been helping me out over the course of this adventure. He's given me several informal lessons and answered many of my beginner questions. His help has been instrumental in bringing me up to speed on the guitar at a very fast rate. He's written in his blog about the experience of teaching, but I wanted to give my thoughts from the 'other side' of things - the point of view of the student instead of the teacher.
Dave writes in his blog about how a good teacher just shows the student how to reach their goal by themselves. I couldn't agree more. In the past, I've tried to teach things to others and for me the hardest thing to avoid is just doing it for them. As the teacher, everything seems so easy and so obvious to me, that I sometimes don't understand why the student doesn't get it. You have to give the student time and just kind of give them a 'shove in the right direction'. That's what Dave has been doing. He's been shoving me in the right direction, when it comes to learning the guitar. As a student continues his studies of a subject, every now and then he'll have one of those 'Eureka Moments' where suddenly everything becomes clear to him and he understands what he was trying to learn. I've had a few of these moments lately with the guitar, and that is what I truly enjoy. It is the process of finally understanding something you've been trying to learn that, to me, is the best part of learning.
Here's to many more 'Eureka Moments' in the future!