Q#127: How can you effectively create calluses for guitar practice when you constantly have to wash your hands?

Thanks to Coronavirus and my workplace, I'm washing my hands far more often than ever before. I can't even use the fingerprint scanner on my phone anymore because it can't read it (unless I re-calibrate, but I'm debating on that). The one thing I heard when I first started guitar practice was the need to … Continue reading Q#127: How can you effectively create calluses for guitar practice when you constantly have to wash your hands?

Haven’t had my head screwed on straight in over a week, & boy has it showed…

I should still be in bed dozing a while longer on my day off, waking up slowly. Instead, I'm sitting here at 6:30 a.m. with my first cup of coffee, trying to figure out how I could've oh-so thoroughly screwed up my week (and month by extension). I should be sitting out on the porch … Continue reading Haven’t had my head screwed on straight in over a week, & boy has it showed…

The scales are teetering, or, trying to get the most out of piano practice away from the keyboard…

This has been a week full of starts and stops, especially writing or music wise. I thought up and rejected half a dozen different blog posts because as I thought about writing them the ideas seemed trite or self-evident (or if I asked a question, it was answered before I even opened a web page … Continue reading The scales are teetering, or, trying to get the most out of piano practice away from the keyboard…

Remembering Inspiration, or, Who Really Made Me Want to Play Guitar…

I think I was 15 when dad bought me my first guitar. It was a typical six-string guitar, and one I wanted so badly to learn on. The difficulty was...well, the difficulty in playing, and not knowing anybody else who could give me pointers. I also didn't have much beyond the initial exercise books to … Continue reading Remembering Inspiration, or, Who Really Made Me Want to Play Guitar…

#100–Is it a good idea to learn two instruments at the same time?

This one seems to have a resounding "yes" when you Google it. Of course, which instruments, exactly, seems to be the point where it's a bit muddier. I already signed up for guitar lessons, starting this Sunday. But right now part of me can't help but wonder if maybe I should do piano lessons, too. … Continue reading #100–Is it a good idea to learn two instruments at the same time?

Why I got another acoustic as my last guitar (& I mean it this time)…

It's a bit strange seeing as how I already have an acoustic guitar (well, an acoustic-electric). It's a pretty blue sunburst Ibanez. It was also the first guitar I bought. I got it as part of the promotion they had while signing up for music lessons. They had a limited option as far as guitars … Continue reading Why I got another acoustic as my last guitar (& I mean it this time)…

Personal Promises, Making Changes, and Murphy’s Law, PART 2.

Welp, not gonna turn out the way I thought. What I figured might be a bad twisted ankle that just needed icing and resting the rest of the night kept me awake every time I moved it. So I sucked it up and went to a local E.R.--bad sprain. When I described what happened to … Continue reading Personal Promises, Making Changes, and Murphy’s Law, PART 2.

Personal Promises, Making Changes, and Murphy’s Law

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

Fingers or Pick? The best way to learn guitar for the absolute beginner…

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…

Sunday Going Right: progress toward a real training plan for piano & guitar.

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.