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Even the challenge of learning music alone can be worthwile. And there's something that strikes me as maybe purer about accomplishing something without an eye to gaining the admiration of others.

Oh hell yes. Sometimes you do something while practicing, hit a groove, play a riff really clean and, damn, really hope you can pull it off jamming with your friends that week.

If you can, great. If not, 1st commandment... keep going and keep the beat. There's always next week!

It helps if you can laugh off your goofs and it's still fun.
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