January 12, 2003

Even Typing Hurts

I spent today trying to do non-computer related activities. Tabitha hit the road this morning for a three-day conference and left to my own devices the norm is to plant myself in front of the computer and very happily wile away the hours reading, tinkering, learning, and blathering. Today we had none of that. Instead, football was watched, mold was 409ed, dishes were cleaned, trash was hauled out, pictures were hung, videos were returned, stubble was shaved, and the guitar was strummed.

I got a guitar for Christmas if I’ve been to embarrassed to share that with you already. Why should I be embarrassed to own a guitar? I guess I’m the last person I can imagine who would take an interest in owning or learning to play a guitar. But I have and thanks to Santa I now do. So there. I suspect, from my progress thus far, that it will take me approximately the rest of my life to become even remotely proficient with the instrument but what the hell. It’s fun.

Of course, tonight’s self-induced lesson has left me with achy fingertips. Goes with the territory I suppose. The lesson was made possible by OLGA. I learned how to read “tab” formatted music and even managed to struggle through a whole tune. It was a trainwreck but I’ll get it eventually. Just a matter of repetition and focus right? I’d definitely be interested in knowing if anyone has recommendations for other good websites with training materials. Thanks, and wish me luck. =-)

Comments

Sean Peisert

Walt! When are we going to go get a gig together???

Scott Yager

What kind of guitar?

Rachelle Bowden

eagerly awaiting iwalt mp3s

Walt Dickinson

Sean: It’s going to be a while. I have a lot to learn. Scott: Acoustic. I couldn’t really tell you any more than that. Rachelle: Don’t hold your breath. =-)

Scott Yager

You should have gotten an electric. That way, whatever you lack in ability you can make up for with sheer noise :)

Walt Dickinson

Good point. I’m sure my neighbors (not to mention my girlfriend) would appreciate that.

Scott Yager

In other guitar-related news, this weekend I got roped in to playing with Jeremy and Rob. We muddled our way through the old Batting Against Castro songs once we remembered how to play them. It was surprisingly fun.

Nick Runco

i wanna play with you guy sometime. we should meet up somewhere.

Derek Gomez

btw, scott, Batting Against Castro’s “Short Short Song” is on my AngryDisc short list…

Scott Yager

Nice! We played that one, it was fun.

Rachelle Bowden

Nick: i wanna play with you guy sometime. we should meet up somewhere.

how about new york?

Nick Runco

a “i practiced once with this band in their practice room” reunion tour? i’m in.