Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Ah've got blisters on me fingers!!!
Yep, me and John Lennon... blisters on our fingers, which is probably the only thing our guitar playing has in common.
My dear wife got me a gee-tar for Christmas. Had I asked for one? Nope! Do I love it? YES!!! Is it possible for someone with hot dogs for fingers to play the guitar with any kind of proficiency? I sure as hell hope so.
Actually I've been fiddling with it for about two weeks now and I feel like I get better and better all the time. Although I still have a long way to go to be considered a "terrible" guitar player, but I'll work up to it. Once I get there I'll shoot for "poor", then "barely adequate" and so on.
Learning an instrument as an adult is a bit of a cruel twist of fate. Generally by adulthood you have more patience, you're willing to practice without being nagged and can be satisfied with small steps in progress. The down side is that adults don't have the same ease of training the memory of their muscles, which comes in handy when both hands are doing two different things.
Practice makes perfect I guess, but I'll settle for "barely adequate".
Oh... and if you don't get the "blisters" remark I opened with, have a listen to Helter Skelter off the White Album.
I'm off to pluck and strum and fret.