I want to (eventually) learn bass guitar, but have really had little ear for it…

I've got two on the wall. I got to playing around (after my first few guitars--I know, I know) and all of a sudden saw an Ibanez that was very affordable on the wall. Got to playing with it, asking a bunch of questions about it, and snatched it up. It's very dark, not particularly … Continue reading I want to (eventually) learn bass guitar, but have really had little ear for it…

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?

Feeling like you’re good enough to put yourself out there in the world…

This could easily become another post about "impostor syndrome," but I think it goes far beyond that. Last weekend, when I was going to my piano lesson, one of the guys who worked there mentioned a recital that Sunday and that I could go or if I wanted to participate, let them know. I was … Continue reading Feeling like you’re good enough to put yourself out there in the world…

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…

Trying not to let a bad week derail my efforts…

I suppose when it's been an anniversary week like this, emotions and daily life will wreak havoc with careful plans. It wasn't just the emotional baggage, but I've also dealt with a ton of screaming kiddos during camp for several hours a day all week. That didn't help my attempts to be calm, cool, and … Continue reading Trying not to let a bad week derail my efforts…

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…

The Empty Space, A book about the theatre: Deadly, Holy, Rough, Immediate, by Peter Brook

My Copy: 9780684829579 (image from bn.com) I had a hard time getting through this slim volume because there was just so much to it. The writing style is pretty lofty for those who aren't expecting it, and the first few pages could throw you for a loop. I still got sucked in anyway, because it … Continue reading The Empty Space, A book about the theatre: Deadly, Holy, Rough, Immediate, by Peter Brook

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.

It’s time to stop collecting & start practicing…or else, what’s the point?

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?

Impulse, Impatience & (perhaps) overly ambitious…

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…