While a positive mental attitude can go a long way to making life easier, I like the idea of it being used in tandem with whatever else we’re trying.

Guitar practise made easier

As a (hopefully!) budding guitarist, regular and frequent practice is essential. However, there are times when I get bogged down with focussing on playing the correct notes, concentrating so hard that I end up with a faltering rhythm that’s hard to unlearn.

Enter GuitarPro! GuitarPro is software for guitarists to view, play and write music. What’s great is that I can get it to play the same bars that I’m struggling with, over and over, to play along with. I pick out the area that’s tough for me right now, and work on that. It makes learning way easier as I’m learning the notes and the rhythm at the same time.

Silver cross pendant made easier

In the workshop, I have squiggly things (sorry to go all technical on you) to make and they need to be uniform. Yes, I can use pliers and hope that the piece turns out OK but the perfectionist within won’t be happy! So, when I created this Toulouse Cross pendant, I made my life easier with a jig to guide the silver into a perfect shape.

Sometimes the guitar playing and jewellery making get intermingled and I make a Guitar Pick Keyring or a Silver Guitar Pendant!

When you think about what you want to do, what tool, action or circumstance would make your life easier?

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