It’s been awhile since I picked up a guitar. This new year was just about as good a time as any to scratch off some things on my “to do” list. (Doesn’t seem to get any shorter, does it?)
I’m hardly an expert; but, I can say if you are wanting to play an instrument, start easy with a song you like to sing that has easy chords. Basically, don’t bite off more than you can chew – admit you aren’t going to be Neil Young anytime soon!
The first week my poor fingertips hurt like heck. I made sure to practice chords every night. But, the next morning, I could barely feel the keys to the computer keyboard. After about a month rubbing alcohol on my tips after each practice session, as sis prescribed, my fingers have calluses. Now, the chords don’t hurt as much (well, except for the durn “D”). Yeehaw!
We like “folksie” music – grew up listening to Joan Baez, John Denver, Peter Paul & Mary, Gordon Lightfoot, Cat Stevens and many many more. A few years ago, I got hooked on Gillian Welch and loved her simple song “Winter’s Come and Gone.” It turns out that it is an easy song with fairly simple chords changes. Although I would like to think I have pretty good hand/eye coordination, changing chords and strumming was as challenging as patting my head and rubbing my tummy. URGH.
Original music tracks are great but they are done in a studio. If you can search YouTube for someone who has done a good “raw” cover (like this one), you can copy the strumming style. Jordanne is up to the finger picking level (she does an awesome Redemption Song on guitar). But, for now, nothing fancy for me! I’ll just continue to “pat my head, rub my tummy!” Er, I mean, stick to the Three P’s (practice, practice, practice), plain strumming and working on faster chords changes.
What I learned is that when I think I don’t have enough time to do something, it’s all about MAKING time. It’s there, you just have to find it.
There are loads of helpful how tos on YouTube, too.
What’s new on your Re-Skill /To Do List this year?