Tuning my guitar, Strings vibrating above wood. Notes slide into place.
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
Hello again, my guitar playing friends. Well, it has been another week in quarantine and another week of solid practice. I am seeing progress on the two new fingerstyle songs I am working on and that feels great. On the other hand, I have really gotten away from ear training this week and I feel… Read More Diary of a Bad Guitar Player: Let’s talk about Locking In
A Stardust morning- McCoy Tyner plays the blues Through my headphones
A million days into quarantine (approximately), my practice on the guitar has fallen into a steady routine. I am working on new fingerstyle songs, practicing the ones I learned the last week, working on improving on one or two of the songs I know and play regularly with a focus on implying the changes and… Read More Diary of a Bad Guitar Player: Fingerstyle learning and deep listening
I wake up to the sound Of the wind howling And the drumming of the rain And I think of Elmore James playing “The Sky is Crying” A warm cup of coffee in my hand, I find the song and sit, Listening to the guitar and the rain and the wind. These are the slow… Read More Poem of the Day 4/30/30
Week 3 Weeks 3 was very good from a practice standpoint. The sessions went quickly and orderly and I really feel like I am getting some of the results I was hoping for. I see the notes better on the guitar neck and I am able to move around much easier. This week was focused… Read More Diary of a Bad Guitar Player- The Guitar 30 Challenge, Week 3