Guitar Bootcamp: Changing My Story One Chord At A Time


Have you ever had a moment where you felt a deep connection to someone that you’ve never even met? I’m not talking about a creepy stalker connection, but rather the kind of connection where you just know that the moment was divinely intended. That’s the experience I had the first time I saw the woman who would become my guitar teacher. Her name is Ellen Britton and she was being featured on News Channel 2 promoting her Guitar Bootcamp. Now, if I’m honest, News Channel 2 isn't my go to station. I tune into WSMV 4 because of their meteorologist, Paul Heggen and his adorable pup Dagny...don’t judge, they’re both darling and they make the news better!

 But on this particular day, for whatever reason Channel 2 was on my television as I was getting ready to head out the door for work. I heard Ellen talking and I stopped in my tracks. I don’t know why, but it felt as though I was hearing the voice of an old friend. I had been looking for a guitar teacher since I got to Nashville, but in that moment I knew my search was over. I sent her an email and set my sights on taking lessons with her once my finances allowed for it. When I started my new job, that was one of the first things I celebrated.


For those of you who don’t know me well, let me just tell you that I’ve never considered myself to be a good guitar player. It’s the only avenue of my musical journey that causes me to doubt myself artistically. I get in my own head while I’m playing and dish out a world of criticism. It drains all of the life giving joy from the experience and I can’t even tell you how many disclaimers I’ve offered up before playing for a crowd. I don’t want that to be my story anymore, so I’m changing it! That is the beautiful thing about this life we’re living, at any given moment we have the power to change our story. We must simply be brave enough to venture into the unknown in search of the next chapter.

So last week ventured boldly into the unknown and had my first private lesson with Ellen. Everything I had already suspected about her proved to be true. Her grace and knowledge shine so brightly that inspiration in her presence is inevitable. Almost instantly, I felt completely comfortable and I knew in my soul that she is going to help me get over all my hang ups with the guitar. Because of her generosity of spirit, I’m not only taking private lessons with her, but I also started attending both levels of her guitar boot camp. Even when I find myself rushing to boot camp after a long and soul-crushing day at work, I still derive so much joy from the experience because I am just so happy to be there. I’m pretty sure I smile like a fool for the entire class! It’s funny how our needs are met in unexpected ways and people come into your life exactly when you need them.

I just wanted to take a moment this week to give thanks, because whether she knows it or not, Ellen has already made a huge impact on me. She is helping me change my story one chord at a time and I am so grateful!


Thanks for reading! I’ll see you at the Opry!

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