That right up there is my newest guitar...and it's a freaking beauty. And as far as I'm concerned, it's my LAST guitar...unless somebody just up and gives me one for some reason later. I've got plenty of instruments right now, so I think I'll just keep to what I've got and put the rest on … Continue reading It’s time to stop collecting & start practicing…or else, what’s the point?
For once, the "To-Do List Monster" has kept quiet and not reared it's ugly head too often the past couple of months. Busy, busy, busy, and still not much of a to-do list. I never thought that'd make things worse as far as long-term goals went. Surprisingly, my most common procrastination method is more helpful … Continue reading Need to get the foot out of my mouth (that’s where the clarinet goes, dammit)
I'm stuck in this mental/physical limbo where I'm bursting to create while emulating Homer Simpson from the Treehouse of Horror sketch, "The Shinning," when he repeated "No TV and no beer make homer go crazy." I think it's a desperate attempt to build my life. Roughly 16 months ago I had thought long and hard … Continue reading Impulse, Impatience & (perhaps) overly ambitious…
I blame this article about the Fender Jazzmaster from last week for getting me into this train of thought. It made me wonder that the hell a Jazzmaster was, and then about electric guitars in general. I made a mistake last Saturday night, when I stopped thinking and went to ask those questions. More than … Continue reading Way Out of My League: a newbie browses the world of electric guitars
Life's done that pesky intervening thing and I've had to scale back my ambitions a bit. Too many changes at work and too much to prep for in the next few weeks has made me change my plans regarding music study and performance art. I'm taking a short break from crazy (thankfully), but now I … Continue reading Biting Off More Than I Can Chew, or, how to make a REALISTIC practice plan.
My Copy: 9780470584774 (image from bn.com) I think we all have that book on a shelf where we wonder, "did I really need to get that book, and how many more years will it sit there before I read/get rid of it?" Well, I wish like hell I'd read Clarinet for Dummies a lot sooner--I'd … Continue reading Clarinet for Dummies, by David Etheridge
I had a pretty simple plan tonight: I'm on security watch, and came in rather early to say Hi to people I hadn't been around in a while. After that, I'd stay out of the way and watch some YouTube videos to help me out with guitar basics. Maybe it's that I'm so short and … Continue reading First Adventures in Guitar Practice: Broken strings and tuning troubles
I hate how I get in the determined mood to do something, or re-do something, and suddenly I'm sick. But I've said that one before, so I won't re-hash it. My throat is finally doing better. I haven't been sneezing or coughing nearly as much (and if I do, it's first thing in the morning … Continue reading Tonsillitis is (mostly) gone; Time to pick up my licorice stick and (gulp) relearn to play…
My copy: 9781435144699 (image from amazon.com) When I made the informed decision to go insane and re-learn all this stuff about music I'd forgotten over the past 20 years(ish), I knew I'd have to have some help from at least one book to get me figuring out how much I really didn't know. So glad … Continue reading Reading Music: A Step-By-Step Introduction to Understanding Music Notation and Theory, by Marc Schonbrun
Ideally, this week would've been perfect to start trying my new schedule out. But as I've barely been able to keep my eyes open and my throat from trying to cave in on itself the past three days, yeah, that just wasn't going to happen. Dammit. When I could sit and read more than a … Continue reading Best Laid Plans: Stumbling back into the arts, one book, class, & practice session at a time…