Dave Grohl is one of the most diverse musicians in the rock business. He plays drums, guitar and is a pretty good singer. We know Grohl as drummer in Nirvana and of course as frontman of Foo Fighters. In his new project called “PLAY” we see that Grohl is even more skilled than we ever thought. He literally plays a 23 minute song all by himself.
Music is a puzzle
Do you know the feeling of picking up a guitar and thinking that if you could somehow learn to play that one song you love, your life purpose would be fulfilled? But when you actually master the track, it’s like there was never a challenge in playing it. The real challenge is that other song that has a way more difficult chord progression.
Will this quest for full mastery ever end? Dave Grohl doesn’t think so. Even as a highly skilled musician, he says that his battle of becoming better and better never stops. That’s why he wrote, recorded and preformed a 23 minute song all by himself. Just to keep the juices flowing.
Learning how to play
The idea for “PLAY” came about when Grohl watched how his kids were struggling with the same challenges he still has to overcome; becoming better and more skilled in the instrument your playing. It’s a proces of winning, failing and most of all learning.
“When I take my kids to the place where they take their lessons, I see these rooms full of children that are really pushing themselves to figure this out. And even now, as a 49-year-old man, I’m still trying to figure it out… it’s not something that you ever truly master. You’re always chasing the next challenge, and you’re always trying to find a way to improve on what you’ve learned”, Grohl says in “PLAY”.
The reward is to play
In the end the reward you get from pushing yourself to master an instrument is the fact that you can keep playing. Just keep that in mind every time you pick up a guitar, ukelele, drumsticks or your keytar. Check out the song “PLAY” and try to jam along with Dave. Happy jamming!