It would seem to me, that success is the product of hundreds — if not thousands — of good decisions in any given time period. Whether it’s your diet, a football game, your studies, or just playing guitar — an overabundance of good to bad will pretty much ensure your ultimate success.

Momentum, the impetus gained by a moving object, is another strange law of the universe. Your decisions (good or bad) will lead to an even higher rate of success or failure. That impetus is difficult to change, and never is this more obvious than in sports. We’ve all witnessed our favorite teams completely melt down, and sometimes, overcome insurmountable odds.

This is what came to mind, on a hot and humid day, when I witnessed a middle-aged man standing outside a retail establishment, wearing a giant sign on his body that read 50% OFF SALE INSIDE.

Besides the incredible shortsightedness of that retail company (isn’t it cheaper an less offensive to just place a sign outside), it occurred to me that becoming a “human advertisement” is not optimal. It probably took a long series of bad decisions to arrive at this point, and it will be difficult (but not impossible) to turn it around.

As somebody who has a favorable decision ratio, it was an eye-opener for me when my physical teaching business nearly collapsed in late June, and all of July. A giant fragility was exposed in my business that I didn’t plan for.

Even though we’ve grown used to it, the world economy has been poor for nearly 5 years. If you provide a premium in-home service like me, that service is naturally going to gravitate towards only those people who can afford it in a sluggish economy. Those same people have the means to send their kids to summer camp, and go on multiple, extended summer vacations. My students simply left town for the summer, and my income went along with them.

However, my blog rescued me. The Last Of Us was released in June and my traffic unexpectedly took off! Along with that momentum came dozens of Tiny Pass subscriptions. This was all do to a small decision I made in January of 2012 to post a guitar arrangement of The Last Of Us theme.

Big things have small beginnings, and the little decisions you make today might come to your aid in the future — or have you wearing a 50% OFF sign.


(Note: Fake Plastic Trees is my premium content.)

How to Play Fake Plastic Trees for Classical Guitar

Fake Plastic Trees isn’t really for beginner guitar players, but even still, there’s not a lot of difficulty here. The first verse has two different endings: (1) and (2). The chorus also has two different endings: (1) and (2). Hopefully I’ve made this obvious in the tab, which I purposefully condensed to two sheets — so it would fit a music stand. You’ll have to be comfortable with a barred Bm chord position as well.

The tab is available below:

 Fake Plastic Trees is in standard tuning. 

Fake Plastic Trees (Tab)


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Matthew's dad, Jennifer's husband, bass player - New Invisible Joy, YouTuber, film composer - Broken Noons, creator of modern content for guitar.