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got my first real six-string

This is actually my second guitar, but the first one was a full size acoustic that I tried to learn on when I was about 12. My mom indulged my whim and after two months of lessons, I pretty much gave up. Jump forward... a few years... and I'm indulging the whim again.

The man and I were at Best Buy a couple weeks ago and found ourselves randomly browsing the instruments area. And that's how I ended up with this:

It's a Fender Squier Mini (3/4 size) and I totally fell in love with it just because it's small and cool looking. The man thought it was perfect for me and started building this fantasy of me forming an all-girl Rush cover band (because we watched some show about Rush a few months ago and the band members said girls never liked their music). I didn't indulge my whim that day (or the man's girl-band idea), but when I was still thinking about that guitar a few weeks later, I went ahead and got one :)

In the week that I've had this thing, I think I've already learned more than I had after eight weeks of lessons when I was 12. For one thing, this guitar actually fits me way better than the full size one I had back then. Also... the internet! People make videos to show you how to play and they make tab charts and write step-by-step guides and... it's awesome! So even though I expect the novelty to wear off after a few months, I'm having a lot of fun right now with my new guitar.

But don't expect any Rush cover songs anytime soon.


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May. 28th, 2011 08:58 am (UTC)
I'm gonna be honest I was a bit disappointed that you didn't get it at a Five and Dime.

Hope you play till your fingers bleed.

It is the summer


I could make a joke about the next part of the lyrics but I would deem it inappropraite do to the unfortunate number in it.

You should play a set at the no fate con ... You know, start a band and try really hard.

That is if jimmy doesn't quit and Jody doesn't get married.

May. 28th, 2011 10:55 am (UTC)
Seriously? Did you think this up standing on your mother’s porch; I shoulda known we’d never get far.
May. 28th, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
When I look back now ...

That comment seemed to last forever.
May. 28th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
Summer of '11 doesn't quite have the same ring to it as summer of '69, does it?
May. 28th, 2011 10:48 am (UTC)
I have only one question to ask; did the “man’s” fantasy have the all-girl band involved in a scantily clad pillow fight? Cause any all-girl fantasy has to have one of those!
May. 28th, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
LOL. He made no mention of the band's attire or pillow-fighting activities.
May. 28th, 2011 11:49 am (UTC)
congrats!:) and have fun playing!;)
(i've got my first one too few days ago - an acoustic one):)
May. 28th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
You did? Awesome! We're setting a trend ;)
May. 28th, 2011 02:57 pm (UTC)
Motivation was always absent when someone else directed what I "needed" to learn, even though they may have been RIGHT. ;-)

Picking out the notes of the songs that I REALLY liked, with occasional guidance from friends who had already SUFFERED through lessons, was how I had the most fun and made the most progress.

The_Man is going to have to bat away the groupies.
May. 28th, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
Re: awesome
I think there's always a greater motivation to learn when you actually get a taste of the results early on. Picking out a few notes or strumming a few chords to a song you like gets the excitement going that makes you want to learn more about how to actually play.

Example: I was watching a youtube video the other night that showed how to play the intro to a song. It was great and I was thrilled to be able to follow along. But then in the comments, a couple people mentioned that person who made the video should learn how to do alternate picking. Next thing you know, I'm reading about alternate picking and making myself play that way.

May. 28th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
Re: awesome
by alternate you mean up-down with a plectrum?
I usually forego the plastic, and play chords as arpeggios with actual fingernails as picks. When I'm practicing that is.

Gordon Lightfoot songbooks were my favorite. My vocal range is better match to his stuff than, say, Paul Simon.

Lately I've gotten some tabs off the internet for favorite songs by newer artists, other things I've doped out and written down myself.

Some faves to play & sing:
"Detroit 1763" by Mustard's Retreat. "Halelujah" off the Shrek CD (by Leonard Cohen?) "Land of the Bottom Line" by John Gorka. Plus some things I wrote, in younger, angstier times. :-)
May. 28th, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC)
We just bought an acoustic today! We were going to wait until kid turned 8, but it was on sale today.

I'm going to be taking lessons at the same time as him. So excited. Electric guitar in Dec if kid practices everyday (or I want it), so I'll join your girl band. :D
May. 29th, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
A few hours later...

my fingers are killing. But so, so fun!
May. 29th, 2011 03:36 am (UTC)
OMG I know! The first two days were the worst, but my fingertips are already toughening up (faster than I would've expected).
May. 29th, 2011 03:38 am (UTC)
Oh good. I'm hoping for that soon. Left ring finger is so, so pathetic. Stupid G chord.
May. 29th, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)
Hee. I had no idea this was the year for learning guitar? So fun that I'm not the only one giving it a go! And you can totally join my girl-band :)
May. 29th, 2011 03:37 am (UTC)
It is the year, apparently.

(Also: hee! My girl band dreams are somewhat dashed by my complete inability to sing well.)
May. 29th, 2011 08:02 am (UTC)
Uh oh. This band might be doomed already. I can't sing either :P

By the way, for online guitar learning, this guy is awesome: http://www.justinguitar.com/

May. 29th, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC)
singing badly
You will be surprised what you can achieve if you work your vocal chords diligently as you learn your guitar chords.

If you can hear pitch well enough to tune the guitar, you can hear whether your voice is "on pitch" too. Practice scales. Do the "Doe, A Deer" from Mary Poppins, etc. UConn Do It!
May. 29th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
I have no guitar. Actually, I have no musical talent whatsoever (despite a love of singing badly!) but I wish you and your gnarly fingertips the very best of luck in your tuneful ventures ;-) I did used to love me a bit of Bryan Adams, back in my youth *g*
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