Saturday, February 20, 2010

Learning Guitar

My son got a small guitar a while back and finally started to show some slight signs of interest in learning it.  I went ahead and bought a full-size Yamaha 6-string for the two of us to share.  The plan is to eventually spring for my own guitar so we can play together.

In an effort to be able to help him learn, I've been trying to figure it out myself.  Been at it about three weeks now, though I don't practice nearly enough.  The Music & Arts store set me up with a good beginner's book though and I've slowly been working my way through it.  I'm close to having the notes down for the first four strings.  In the process of doing that, I've managed to learn a few songs - Yankee Doodle, Happy Birthday, and Amazing Grace.  I'm not too good on them, but they are recognizable.  I'm starting to learn When the Saints Go Marching In.  One day I hope to be able to play a song for my wife.

The bigger challenge has been learning to strum the chords.  Once I get my fingers positioned, playing the chord is not a problem.  But switching between them is really hard for me.  Especially when switching from one note to the next.  I guess I'll eventually get it with enough practice.  Dang small hands.

The other challenge is my complete inability to read music.  I suppose I'm making a little bit of progress.  Alas, my brain just does not function that way.

Anyway, it is a new challenge I'm working on in my life and figured I would start blogging a bit about it.

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