Strumming along

It has been a long-time goal of mine to learn how to play the guitar. I should insert here that I did learn to play the piano as a child and though I didn’t continue with it I have a good ear and have always enjoyed music; you could say it’s in my blood. My kids are all pretty musical, too. A number of years ago I bought a starter guitar, a basic Fender acoustic. I had a heck of a time trying to get the hang of the whole thing and felt terribly awkward, and so I signed up for some private lessons.

The teacher was great but he quickly encouraged me to get an electric guitar instead, even if I never planned on plugging it in. He said the smaller size of electrics was easier for beginners, and so I went searching. Since I didn’t plan on starting a garage band, I wanted something understated, something “pretty”. At Emerald City Guitars I found a lovely guitar made by a small shop and I continued the lessons until I ran out of money and had to drop the teacher; as is usually the case with this kind of thing, I gradually stopped practicing on my own.

Recently my interest has been revived and for the past couple of weeks I’ve been working on just two chords, to toughen up my fingertips. I don’t want to be a rock star – I want to be able to strum along to my favorite songs. If I can devote a few minutes each night to getting the chords down, then I can start exploring different styles and picking techniques.


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