Three years ago I was absolutely amazed by how the instrument could actually be played. I even managed to compose a few pieces of instrumental music myself and won a couple of local guitar-playing competitions.
But somehow, the drive is gone from me. I take the instrument and I go through the same old progressions. E-minor, pentatonics, a bend here, a vibrato there, an occasional chromatical progression, but I went from composing something at least once in a month to being totally dry for the last two years. Dunno, I feel like I'm hitting a brick wall, being totally unable to improve past a certain point. There were several times when I considered quitting playing guitar at all because it failed to give the pleasure and excitement I once felt. Maybe it's because of the fact that my life is finally settled, I have a wonderful girlfriend (we are together for the last two years, and I'm noticing a grim coincidence) and somewhat clear future ahead of me. Maybe it's because my relatively fast learning was never an indication of talent, and I've just come to my limit I won't be able to move trough.
However, this is not the point of this blog. While I've always enjoyed the wonderful solos of Joe Satriani, the atonal drive of Paco di Lucia and various other musicians, I can admit there's only one person whose music still continues to inspire me and makes me take the damn instrument and try again and again. And since that guy is relatively unknown to the world, I would like to share it with you.
Ivan Smirnov's personal website:
A collection of his vids on YouTube:
One of his vids I especially love: