I’ve had a few inquiries about how my guitar playing is coming along. It’s been slow… oh, so painfully slow! Plus, it hurts sometimes even to type these posts… (you guitarists – beginners and former beginners- know what I’m talking about, right?). But I am proud to sport some nice looking finger-tip callouses like they are hard-won battle scars and I try to practice at least an hour or two every day. There’s still a lot to learn and I need to practice more on timing and strumming properly so it doesn’t sound like I’m strangling the guitar. Guitar playing sometimes seems like patting the head and rubbing the tummy as one hand does one thing and the other does another. I’ve learned one strumming pattern Jordanne has me working on: down, up, down, up, up, down — and it’s a beat I hear in my head long after my practices have stopped. That and one and two and three and four and… the timing she drums into me.
I do get frustrated, especially when the strumming sounds so sucky and mangled! I like to blame the cheap guitar rather than myself. It’s a laminated/ plasticky guitar that needs to be re-tuned every time. But sis has been a patient teacher and she keeps telling me it’s only for practice. She has said that if I can learn to keep rhythm on a cheap guitar — well, then, that’s certainly something! We have one really nice guitar. It’s a Seagull guitar that was a gift to Jordanne from a “Little Homestead in the City” journal reader (it’s a beaut and thanks to CK again). When sis got her hands on this nice one, she left the cheap guitar in the dust — well, in my hands. Of course, I can use the nice instrument and sis keeps telling me to but she adores the thing and I think she’d rather that I fling the cheap one across the room when I am frustrated than fling her nice (expensive) one. I can’t blame her since I like to strum away at my guitar in the animal compound behind the garage, away from the ear shot of humans – the animals don’t seem to mind my ruckus.
Jordanne has recorded a few of our practices so that I can play it back to see how we did. It actually doesn’t sound too bad; however, as we are not going to be performing on stage anytime soon, so it’s not like I have to be perfect.
I love music of all sorts! But I do regret we kids didn’t get musical training early in life. (Read my “Homeschool Confession“) Living in the country, there was little to no access to that kind of tutorship; but I was able to sing in the church choir both in Florida and here in California — which I loved!
Speaking of music, our lovely rural homesteading friends in Tennessee are launching a new CD – details to be announced just as soon as they give them to me! We’ve worn out their first CD “Farther Along” and can hardly wait for their new one called “Farmer’s Daughter.”