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Thursday, May 20, 2010

An axe to grind?

I want to learn to play the guitar. I do. Does it sound really silly? I mean, I don't want to learn so I can play in a band and go on tour or anything. I just want to learn to play so I can just... play. To entertain myself more than anymore else.

My problem is that I have part of my personality that just can't seem to "learn" something like a normal person. I feel like I need lessons and instructions. When I don't know how to do something, I want to "learn" it right and then not make mistakes. I know there are people everywhere, who pick up a guitar and play around with it and can then suddenly be self taught and can pluck out stuff that most can recognize. When I've tried to do that, I just make noise that doesn't sound like any sort of music at all.

I love the video of "Weary Kind" I linked here. Not only do I like the song and the lyrics and think Bingham is cute, I like that it's all guitar and I want to learn how to play that song. Yes, I realize he's(probably, I don't know for sure, just guessing) been playing since he could walk and I don't expect to get that good, but just enough that I could play it and know it was "Weary Kind". And that's just one example; there are a ton of songs that I've wanted to learn to play on the guitar.

I don't know if I should just take some lessons, or get myself a used guitar and a book and try to figure out the basics or what...

This might he a totally stupid idea. I can't even play "Guitar Hero!" maybe it's one of those things I should just leave as a dream.

Certainly not the next Slowhand,
Maggie

On another note...

6 comments:

Bragger said...

Hubby has the same desire. So a few years ago I bought him an inexpensive guitar for his birthday. Then I bought him some DVDs to teach him how to play. The guitar gathers dust, the DVDs have never been opened. Sigh

Lilith said...

I want to learn too and like you, I want lessons. I've "tried" learning on my own and it wasn't pretty. LOL

Evil Pixie said...

I see nothing wrong with wanting to learn to play the guitar. I want to learn to play the violin.... and cello.... and piano.... and drums. I always wanted to learn, but I just never got around to it.

Anna said...

I think it's great you have an interest in learning guitar just to learn for yourself! I say get a guitar, a book, a dvd or something and just pluck away at it! Allow yourself time to learn about tuning and strumming, etc...if you feel too overwhelmed by it all get a few lessons to learn the basics and get you going in the right direction. I've played around with the 2 guitars I own and have learned a lot, youtube is an awesome place for instructional videos and help too!

Southern Sage said...

do it do it! Then you can post us a video!

Maggie said...

Bragger- you have my address; feel free to send them on up! :) Maybe Hubby just found better things to do???

Lilith- there's a guy here in town who gives lessons pretty cheap, and free if I buy a guitar from him...

Evil P-- oooooo, the violin!!!

Anna- I never thought about youtube! and thanks for the ideas about strumming and tuning... never thought of that part! LOL! You're always a wonderful font of knowledge!

S Sage- OMG, I can't imagine I would ever be brave enough to post a video of my self! LOL!

And thanks everyone for the words of encouragement- this is on my summer to-do list!!