November 07, 2005


It's been really nice this last few months to actually relax a bit at home. So much of the last year has been spent doing DIY on the house that I've barely had time to relax at weekends and in the evenings.

My recent Spanish experiment took a bit of a setback with me quiting my actual Spanish lessons…but I have done some Spanish pretty much every day in the last week or two so I am keeping that up.

Of course my original distraction from back in the new year was Maggie and still is, bless her. Mornings (walks), lunctimes (visits) and evenings (walks) all mean spending time with the little monster and we are all that much happier for having to do so! :)

My birthday yesterday has seen a new hobby arrive. Guitar. I've wanted to be able to play guitar since I was but a teenager (a scarey number of years ago now) and now that Steph has bought me my first acoustic guitar, I have at long last started. Having only played a bit yesterday and a bit tonight, I'm certainly still an absolute beginner and 3 fingers on my left hand hurt like hell from pushing down strings…but I think I'm going to love it.

If anyone out there has any little hints for a first time guitar player then please let me know. But with a bit of luck my "Guitar for dummies" book should sort me out.

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  1. Happy Belated Birthday.

    (I'm pleased to note that I am not the only one in constant search of a hobby.)

    08 Nov 2005, 09:15

  2. Combine the book with finding someone who has been playing for while and let them take you through the basics. When I took it up, I think I learnt more in an hour with an experienced player than I did with the book. Using a book is fine too of course, but you can't turn the pages when playing! You'll soon get nice hard lumps on the ends of your fingers so that won't be a problem either. :-) Visit one of the thousands of tab sites (try OLGA) and off you go!

    08 Nov 2005, 09:22

  3. Oh, and happy birthday for Sunday :-)

    08 Nov 2005, 09:23

  4. Steve Rumsby

    I made reasonable progress by strumming my way through the "Complete Beatles". Lots of songs I knew and could sing along to, and mostly they're not very difficult. OK, so the Beatles may not be your thing, but the principle should still work – a large collection of relatively easy-to-play songs that you know. I also had a teach-yourself-guitar book also that I dipped into occasionally to learn new stuff, but playing lots and lots was far more productive.

    08 Nov 2005, 09:29

  5. Thanks for the tips and happy birthdays :)

    Casey: I thought you'd found one…how is the drawing going?

    Steve C: Are you that experienced guitar player making an offer? :)

    Steve R: I've also got quite a good song book, but I think I'll try and get a few more of the basics first…besides…the speed with which I can change notes/chords, I doubt I would get half way through a song before my fingers were bleeding!

    08 Nov 2005, 09:39

  6. Depends on if you differentiate between experienced and any good. I can strum a few chords, but I'm hopeless at finger-picking, but the offer's there :-)

    08 Nov 2005, 10:57

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