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“Dave Isaacs is an outstanding teacher because he is part fan, part musician, part songwriter, part psychologist and part motivator. You won’t even be finished with the first chapter of his book when this will be apparent. Dave manages to take all those things and weave them into a must-read work that will benefit, challenge and inspire you.”
Bart Herbison, Executive Director
Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI)
“Some guitarists are gifted players and a few guitarists are gifted teachers, but it’s rare to find someone who has full command of both disciplines. Dave Isaacs is one such musician, and in this book he distills a lifetime of study, performing, and instruction into inspiring, practical advice that will benefit beginners and seasoned professionals alike.“
Andy Ellis, former Senior Editor
Guitar Player magazine
The Perpetual Beginner is part memoir, part musical instruction manual. Relating stories of his experiences as a young musician and music student in 1980’s New York, author Dave Isaacs describes the key lessons that shaped his musical life and how they can help any aspiring musician at any age.
The title refers to the average music hobbyist with more enthusiasm than skill or time to practice. Many people play for years without developing more than rudimentary abilities, and some become so frustrated by the struggle that they stagnate or quit. The stories in the book and the musical lessons they impart give these “perpetual beginners” the ideas, techniques, and encouragement that will help them begin to progress again.
The title also references the Zen concept of “beginner’s mind”, a way of approaching any endeavor with the openness and zeal of a beginner regardless of experience. Maintaining a beginner’s mindset removes many of the self-limiting beliefs and inhibitions that hold many people back, thus enabling the learning process – hence the book’s subtitle, “A musician’s path to lifelong learning.”
Read the introduction here.