One Long Journey Leads to Another

cardboard box from Sala Music
baglama saz in front of a tv set

This is my Baglama Saz. I heard someone playing one on YouTube and loved the sound, so I bought one. It arrived two years ago today.

I followed its journey from Istanbul to Leipzig to East Midlands to Aberdeen, then to here.

The second journey started with me slowly learning how to play an instrument with a different fretboard, fragile strings and very little English-speaking guidance. That’s turned into a good thing, as I’m learning more creatively, by hearing and intuition, rather than looking at tabs and tutorials.

This journey has reminded me that I can still learn in different ways, in different styles and that like so many things, taking the time to practice, develop, correct and enjoy the learning pays dividends in the long run.

Two years on, it’s even clearer to me that this is going to be a long, enjoyable journey.

Whatever you’re thinking of doing that’s different, start the journey. Let it take you to the unexpected. Notice how and where else you can apply what you learn.

close up of the neck of a baglama saz

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By Paul Tran

Paul Tran helps people think and do things differently through training, facilitation, coaching writing and music. He enjoys spending time in nature, on beaches and mountains.