I've been taking a scattershot approach: some evenings I follow a more structured approach (Andy Guitar when I've got the attention span; various apps when I don't). Other evenings I just sit down and play random songs from things people have put on the internet.
It's very nice to be able to sit down and have music come from my fingers. Like... like what, really, is this?
And because pop songs all take after one another, it turns out that even though there are like, a million different chords, half a dozen is enough to play most songs.
I'm still avoiding bar chords, but those come up so infrequently that I sometimes just don't *play* that one chord, and fill it in with my voice instead. (Cheater cheater <3)
I'm trying to wrap my brain around chord transposition. I've got something which takes an existing series of chord and transposes them, no problem. But then... I'm unsure what this means when I'm playing them on the guitar. Do I play on the same fret as I would pre-transposition, just with the new chord? Do I move one fret down for each step I've transposed? idk!
I've decided to start learning guitar, just for kicks.
What really triggered it is that I've always been slightly curious and sort of wanting to pick up the guitar maybe, but never really enough to actually get one of my own. Buuuuuut for Christmas, zorkian got the kiddo a kid-sized guitar. And then a week ago, I decided to pick it up and try it out.
I'm trying to take it slowly, so I don't do the thing where I'm intensely interested in something for two weeks and do that and only that, and then never touch it again. But so far I think that I'm managing to pace myself. I am, however, now considering getting an adult-sized guitar of reasonable quality.
As with anything, being a beginner is scary and confusing and there are so many conflicting pieces of advice.
(It is not as intense as, say, the debate over circs vs dpn, but there seems to be an ongoing debate as to whether a laminate guitar is ever worth the money, or whether one should just jump straight to a solid-top one.)
I've decided for sure that I'm getting an acoustic guitar with steel strings (so not electric, and not classical with all nylon strings).
The remaining things I'm trying to decide are:
whether I want to try a 3/4th sized guitar or a full-sized one.
I have short and stubby fingers. The only gloves I've found that will fit me are kid-sized. So, while all beginners say that they can't do the chords properly, and while most experts say that this problem will go away once you've practiced enough that you have some finger strength, it may in my case be worth cheating a little bit and getting something explicitly for smaller hands.
OTOH some kids are able to play full-sized guitar just fine so...
whether to get a solid-top one or a laminate
I'm definitely not getting the cheapest guitar out there, on the principle that as a beginner I don't want to spend all my time just fighting my tools. But given that I'm only a week into this interest, and this is mere casual interest and not "I want to perform someday", I want something that reflects that.
What I figure from all I've seen is that by virtue of material, most solid-top guitars are likely to have a minimum bar of quality. You can find good laminate ones, for like $100 cheaper but it'll be a bit hit-or-miss -- if you know what to look for in the guitar / reviews then you might be able to find a good guitar for the price. If you don't then you'll want to upgrade soon enough that you'll end up spending more than if you'd just bought the higher-quality guitar in the first place.
My plan right now is to learn a couple of chords, and then go into a music store and try out a couple guitars that have good online reviews, and then pick one.
I don't know if this is reasonable or not! Wish me luck :)
(In the meantime, I can uh. Play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star", and the "So Do La Fa" song from Sound of Music. Very very laboriously and slowly. I cannot play "Do Re Mi" though, because I don't actually remember what the notes for that are
Oh and I can semi-sort-of with much careful positioning do C, D, G, and Em chords.)
But it's a case of too many episodes too little time. Anyone able to recommend a good episode watching guide?
I tried googling but there are a lot of lists and I can't tell which are any good! Suspect someone here knows my pain :3
I've been thinking a lot about how I've drifted away from being defined by what I do.
As a teenager, I was heavily into anime fandom. I'd stay up until ~3am on dial-up to socialize with fellow fans on message boards and IRC. Eventually learned Japanese so I could understand, etc. Now, well it's been years since I even saw any anime, and I don't have any anime fandom friends anymore. (I have friends are still in anime fandom, but I don't talk anime/anime fandom with them).
I still play games, but I never identified as a gamer (not back when I was playing MMOs 8 hours+ a day, and certainly not now).
I enjoy programming, but I don't think of myself as a hacker (I enjoy building stuff, I enjoy the puzzle-solving aspect, I don't default to doing it in my spare time. And while I used to volunteer on other projects, these days I do my work, read tech-related articles, and call it a day).
I love books, but that's a pretty generic thing -- I don't love a particular series of books (and never have).
I enjoy knitting, but I haven't done it in a while, and it's not like I make new patterns.
I am geeky in general, but I don't think of myself as a geek anymore. A lot of things that give my little geeky heart a thrill have gone mainstream which is fantastic and amazing, but it seems ridiculous to go "oh I'm a geek" when there is nothing different in my level of affection or devotion from that of any person who considers themselves a non-geek. It's all normal now (I would have killed to make this happen as a kid; I luxuriate in this now).
But I feel like... like I've lost something somewhere. The ability to geek out and obsess over specific things? The desire to take something I enjoy and make it a part of my identity? I enjoy things still, I just don't have the intensity I used to have. And I don't know if this is because I don't make the time to foster my interests, or if it's because my outlook on life has just changed.
I'm happy though. I'm just no longer intense. I can't decide what that means.
A couple weeks ago, I decided I was in the mood for cheerios and bought the normal ones. I was then very confused when it was not at all sweet. Turns out what I'm used to is honey-nut cheerios, which was the only kind we had back in the Philippines. Here you get (no-adjective) cheerios and honey-nut? what is this.
And then the other day, I was putting together a grocery list. zorkian suggested I buy Captain Crunch. I knew that name! So I put it on the list...
Turns out canonical Captain Crunch is actually called Captain Crunch Berries, and just plain old Captain Crunch is weird.
I knew I was going to run into culture shock in the move over here. I just didn't expect it to be the cereal that got me.
(But at least I have Lucky Charms <3)
(It was nice though, detoured and got some useful stuff along the way)
Been in new job a month. I've been sort-of-deliberately sort-of-not been careful about how I dress: mostly tshirts, jeans, minimal makeup. But I think by now I've proven I can *rock* it. So on the way home today I bought some happy-colored nailpolish. It's time to femme it up!
(It's not that coworkers would have judged me; but I want to avoid adding to any potential unconscious bias, especially if I was going to fail at any point. You all know what I mean.)
I've finally settled into the point where I can start *thinking* about other things, which was not the case before.
Especially the first couple weeks, I'd go to work, and well, work. And then I'd come home and read about work-related stuff -- either background in healthcare, or something about the specific technology stack we're using.
And now I feel a little like a swimmer surfacing from a deep dive and taking that first really deep breath of air. It's nice :)
Today I actually cooked dinner for myself (sort of). I've been interested in making the marinated eggs you find in ramen. I haven't had the ability to think about cooking in so long... and now I'm back. It's back. I boiled the eggs, made a marinade of soy sauce + rice vinegar + sugar, threw it in the refrigerator, and tomorrow I shall have something to eat. Hopefully delicious!
If it goes well, I may do a batch of it for breakfasts. Or I may not. WHO KNOWS.
On Monday I'm headed to New York for work! I'm excited :) I haven't been before. I'm staying in NY, but spending the bulk of my day at the office in Jersey. (Jersey City? New Jersey? I can't figure it out).
I don't have any plans, except to maybe get some New York pizza. Maybe also wander around. I think my chances of the first are lots more likely than my chances of the second.
My team lead on Yammer as I was cooking dinner: "What are you all still doing online! Stop working it's the weekend"
(I'm pretty sure *they're* both still going to work though :p)
(I am rather liking this place though. It's just been a week so who knows, but I am tentatively happy.)
I've seen so much happiness today, feel warm and mushy.
The ones where it's like "two 80-year-olds who have been together x years" make me tear up the most because asdfhfhfh to have been denied that for so long but then to have it within their lifetimes. I don't understand being able to look at them and still deny that they love one another and have made a life together. They've already made the lifetime commitment; being able to go to the courthouse to have the government formally acknowledge that doesn't change anything within their relationship, but it changes so much everywhere else. (And I wish it could have come sooner, but I'm glad that it happened *now*).
(I am so looking forward to SF Pride parade this Sunday. First time I'm able to attend; seems like a good year to go! My brother is all "wave a flag for me" :D)
(All the delay was on my part because I was travelling over the weekend so didn't submit the pull request until now).
Just need to figure out when it becomes publicly available and then maybe I can post over on fu :)
(But as far as I know, there shouldn't be anything breaking any more)
I cannot yet figure out how to get it updated though. Hmmm.