I’ve been down this road before. I understand that playing the guitar is a true challenge, but I also understand that it’s one mighty satisfying reward. Not everyone can do it. Not everyone can even learn how to do it. Way back in 2012, I failed. I’m going to give it another try.
What do you think of the above photo? I just took it about 20 seconds ago and ran it through Photoshop for a bit of editing. I was going for that nostalgic look. I like it.
So anyway, yes, I failed at learning how to play the guitar back in 2012. When I began thinking about my previous experience a few days back, I was under the impression that I played for about eight months. The thing is, I wrote a bunch of posts right here on this blog about my learning and after looking through them two evenings ago, I realized that I had only played for about four. That was a disappointing discovery, but it was also heartening because it helps explain why I’m so horrible today. While I do remember some notes and I picked everything back up relatively quickly, my chords remain sounding like a dying hippopotamus. It’s not good. Although, I will tell that you just last night, I had a major breakthrough with playing those cords. It appears that the lighter I strum the strings, the more those same strings sing. And sing is the only word I can use to describe how pretty they sound. I”m just hoping it’s not one of those techniques that’s similar to a tennis swing or a golf swing. I was never quite able to master those.
I’m learning the proper way. When I first picked the guitar up all those years ago, I bought the best home learning course I could find. It’s the Learn & Master Guitar program put out by Gibson and taught by none other than Steve Krenz. Steve is a rather talented guitar player and a fantastic teacher. I have more than 20 DVDs that cover just about everything I would ever need to know. That set, combined with the wonder of the internet’s many instructors and how-to videos should bring me to a stage near you in no time. It should be fun.
I have about a week in so far this time. I’m really trying to stay positive and to put the hours in. It’s frustrating, but as long as I focus on those chords, which were the things that brought me down last time, I should be okay. I do see an improvement every single night I play. Plus, I’d like to get to the point of purchasing an electric/acoustic guitar, like I wanted to do in 2012. That’s the carrot dangling in front of my nose.
I’ll keep you updated, but don’t expect any video any time soon. Perhaps in about a year. It’s really embarrassing right now.
One quick note. I’d like to thank my good friend Seth, who, back in 2013, convinced me not to sell my setup. When I asked him, “Why do I need any of it?”, he replied, “Dude, every house needs a guitar.” Wise words from a wise man. Thanks Seth.