Stairway to Mastery
Having successfully navigated the ominous dungeons, you and Thorpe now find yourselves in the depths of an underground labyrinth.
Surrounding you are countless tunnels, their depths veiled in impenetrable darkness.
“Which path should we take?” you inquire.
Thorpe scratches his head and, in his charming English accent, says:
“We could take any tunnel, but that would just be like learning guitar without direction. Like I tell students, you always need a plan.”
Suddenly, in the centre of the cavern, ancient engravings on the stone floor capture your attention:
In the maze, a choice unfolds.
The 5-star path where music moulds.
Like Jeff Beck’s brilliance in every chime,
Before the full moon’s climb,
Go one star at a time.
Perplexed, you seek clarification.
“It’s a challenge,” says Thorpe.
“It’s saying we need to achieve the ‘5-star award,'” Thorpe enlightens you. He continues:
“You’re going to have to achieve the first of the five stars – tonight.”
You are taken aback.
“It has to be YOU,” Thorpe says. “I’ve got to go back up and free the inmates. Plus, I can’t play with my hand oozing blood.”
Thorpe opens up his gig bag and hands you the…
“Capo of Confidence.”
“Take this, it will guide you,” says Thorpe as he swiftly ascends the stairs. Promising to catch up with you as soon as he can, Thorpe turns one last time to say…
“Good luck, brave guitarist, may your strings stay forever in tune…
May your capo guide you through the wilderness of musical chaos.
Conquer the first star and start today and above all…”
“Have faith in yourself… You can do this.”
Temporarily alone, but knowing you have Thorpe’s confidence, you take a deep breath and feel the cold of the damp air as you vow to conquer this challenge.
You squeeze the capo.
It emits a radiant light like a torch and you see words written above each tunnel entrance.
Some feature the names of jazz chords, some mention Ed Sheeran songs, and others mention Phrygian and Lydian modes. (“Uh, forget that,” you think.)
…But there are two tunnels that appeal to you out of the 1000s.
You must choose.
Either begin the 1-Star Challenge or take the Play Like Hendrix in a Day tunnel.
Which entrance do you choose?