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Thursday, April 28th, 2016 08:48 pm
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Been afraid of saying anything, out of fear I'll scare away the motivation by mentioning it, but I've been playing guitar often enough / long enough that I'm finally starting to develop calluses.

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!


Sunday, March 20th, 2016 09:16 pm
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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, [personal profile] 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.)

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21 Guns has been haunting me for the past two days. First, it was a half-remembered snatch of song, then I turned to [personal profile] idonotlikepeas who linked me to the official video.

It was the soundtrack of my dreams that night, and I woke up with the song playing in my head.

Went to meet a close friend of mine for dinner, and he pointed me to the version with the American Idiot cast.

I am alternating between the two, and I'm close to the edge of tears ;_;