I kept looking at my e-mails and my schedule earlier and decided to RSVP to an event. It's technically all weekend, coming and going and all, and if things go right, I can be there between shifts. They have a preview weekend where I like to get my musical instruments, a chance to meet the … Continue reading Personal Promises, Making Changes, and Murphy’s Law
This is sort of a question, only because I've heard a whole bunch of differing opinions on this topic. I bought a ton of picks for my various string instruments (I heard they get lost super easily, and that doesn't surprise me at all) over the past year. However, I've recently heard from a bunch … Continue reading Fingers or Pick? The best way to learn guitar for the absolute beginner…
Ah, thank you, Minions, for reminding me why I'd never let a metal-loving six-year-old borrow any of my guitars. I gotta admit, I was wondering if this Sunday was going to turn into every other Sunday for the past few months, where by now I'd be laying in bed with a headache actually wishing Monday … Continue reading Sunday Going Right: progress toward a real training plan for piano & guitar.
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