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December 13, 2005

Guitar progress

Follow-up to Guitar progress from Kieran's blog

I've had my guitar for 5 weeks now. Am I any good? Nahh.

My finger tips have got a hell of a lot tougher now so I can actually practice for more than 5 minutes without being in agony. They are not made of stone yet though as I tried to do a slide on the 1st string (basically a razor thin piece of wire) and jesus did it hurt…not trying that again for a while!

I've can now do (some well, some badly):

  • Most chords…but changing between them is slow
  • Simple melodies
  • Scales
  • Double stops
  • Barre chords that sound absolutely awful!
  • Hammer-ons
  • Pull-offs
  • Slides

Now, this doesn't actually mean I can play anything yet, or at least not quickly…but I'm at least getting a bit more understanding of what can be done. It's amazing how some stuff that you used to swear in a fit of frustrated rage is "impossible" is actually not that hard with a bit of practice :)


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