This should have been a good week of practice. I am close to locking down one of the fingerstyle songs I have been learning and I made significant progress on the other song that has been my primary focus for the last three weeks. But as thrilled as I am with that progress, there is… Read More Diary of A Bad Guitar Player: Weakness is my biggest weakness
Billie’s singing “Strange Fruit” Louie’s blowing on “Black and Blue” Chuck is spitting out “Fight the Power” All crying out for you. But you can’t hear their songs No drums beat, no trumpets play, So we will light the air on fire, Because they wouldn’t let you breathe it anyway. Let those who do not… Read More Poem of the Day 6/1/20- Protest Songs
Tuning my guitar, Strings vibrating above wood. Notes slide into place.
The wet ground on my feet Fresh cut grass clings to my bare toes- Examining the garden
I had a dream about the ocean, Laying calm in the morning light As I stood above it On the cliffs in Southhampton. The morning sun raked the rolling tide And speckled that immense blue with white. A soft breeze touched my face And I felt certain that I could fly. And so I flew… Read More Poem of the Day 5/26/20- A Dream of the Ocean
A wide-eyed rabbit Sitting still on the wet grass, Watching danger
This week I added the ultimate toy for any bad guitar player- a loop station pedal. I have considered getting one for years but held off because I always felt like I should work on my playing and not add gear that would just add to the goofing off at the expense of actual playing.… Read More Diary of a Bad Guitar Player: Gone Loopy
A Woodpecker drumming Against a tree, his tapping Echos over sleepy streets.
At the bird feeder, Chickadees, Finches, and Swallows- Inside- watching, sipping coffee.
I have been thinking about rhythm a great deal this week after writing about “locking-in” last week. Rhythm is so essential to music- play it poorly and you will sound terrible, play it well and even simple things shine. But while rhythm is an essential concept, it is not a simple one. Playing with great… Read More Diary of a Bad Guitar Player: Feeling vs Counting