Skip to content

Learning to Make My Own Myusic

May 11, 2009

I’ve spent my entire life staring in awe at guitarists. I’ve seen Clapton, Trucks, Haynes and Betts, Garcia, Springsteen, Malkmus, King and Guy. I’ve stood and danced and studied as my favorites picked and bent and pulled their way to new dimensions of song and sound, all on the surface of these six-strings.

Well, watching is no longer enough. I’m finally learning how to play guitar.

Now, those of you who know me probably know that I’ve been writing songs all my life. In fact, I sang my first song to my art class in the second grade. It was called “A Man’s Gotta Do What a Man’s Gotta Do.” I’d venture that many of the kids that were in that class would me might still remember it. Now, I probably have several albums worth of songs sitting on my computer, mostly laments about women. Few of them are good, but that’s besides the point.

The problem is, despite my provenience for writing singable, melodic lyrics, I’ve never been able to accompany myself. Now, I’m finally learning how.

Now, at this point, I’m still not good. In fact, I’m not even mediocre. I’m a beginner who will get as far as he’s willing to work hard, but nowhere without effort. I’m not a natural, but I’m actually not awful either. (I find this fact the most surprising.)

So now, while I watch the Mets butcher the game of baseball, I can sit on my couch and butcher my way through classics from the Allmans, the Dead and the Boss. I’m a work in progress, but hey, I’d like to have one discernible talent by the time I’m 30! The clock’s ticking… but now it sounds more like a metronome.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 11, 2009 11:27 pm

    Way to go! I started down a similar path about two years ago, and I am so happy I did.

    I strongly recommend Jackson Browne and some John Fogerty tunes for practicing. They both wrote a lot of great songs that are still easy to learn as a beginner.

    Best of luck with it.

  2. May 12, 2009 5:33 pm

    I bought my first guitar a year ago and have been teaching myself – on and off- using chords during that time. If you want to meet up and practice together, let me know. It might be inspiration for both of us to play better.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: