Guitar…Ain’t easy as 123

Learning guitar isn’t all that easy with it being one of the easy instruments to learn how to play, although it’s based on opinion really. I’m learning how to play, but recently I’ve been totally busy, throwing my learning out of balance. I’m getting back to it in a bit, hopefully my brain remembers what I taught it. Like anything involved with learning–which is pretty much all things–you need dedication, passion and time.

Hard work is necessary as well. Without those things it’s nearly impossible to learn anything. With guitar, an online help suggested 20 hours a day. To what degree will I be able to play songs and such, I’m not sure. I’d have to look into that. Since I don’t have 20 hours a day to spend on guitar, I thought maybe I’d do a couple hours each day after school and maybe 20 hours on weekends. Although, I wouldn’t rush straight into 20 hours. I’ll gradually start with a couple of hours and climb on top.

Even with sports and homework, I’ve learned to make time. Use my class times wisely so I’d be able to learn outside of school. I honestly have not gotten the chance to fully learn. I started learning during the summer and it has died since so I’m hoping to pick up soon.

After a while you’ll notice your fingers are calloused, that isn’t a mighty problem and it can be avoided if you use a guitar pick instead. I don’t have a pick and I’m not entirely sure where to get one so I chose the DIY way and have decided to make my own with old cards.  I’m hoping the pick will help me out better and the risk of getting calloused fingers will be eliminated. I’m really excited in learning and becoming good. Of course it doesn’t take a couple of days.

Making your own guitar pick isn’t that much of a hassle. Get an old credit card or a maxed out gift card and draw the shape of the pick with a sharpie. Cut with a scissors along the lines. Once you’re finished, file the sides until smooth and voila! You’ve got your own hand made guitar pick.




Song writing…what to do

First step to writing songs is to dig deep–that is if you want to write something meaningful. You can make something up and call it a day, but it won’t sound as good or mean anything and the only reason why it would be liked was if it had a good beat. My process of writing songs is just to play around with words that mean something to you or words you like and if you don’t have favourite words or don’t have any meaningful words, doesn’t really matter. Just toss words together and see what comes to mind. Everyone is different in writing, for me it comes easy. I can whip some up in about five minutes and then read it over, polish it and I’m done. For some it takes days and that’s ok. There’s no need for rushing.

I’ve found that rushing through writing is pointless because sometimes in the end nothing sounds good, it doesn’t make sense and at times–for me–it brings me down. The second step is try playing around with melodies. Whether it’s singing it out loud or humming it or just going over it in your head, anything works–like I said in the beginning, everyone is different. I often pick little tunes from other songs that I love and try mashing them together to create something that’s the same, but also different. Once you’ve got your melodies and you’re pleased with it and your words, jump to number 3.

Number three is easy because it’s mainly just singing out loud and try keeping the melodies and tune in your head as you sing. Be confident in your singing because it’s your gift, use it. Don’t worry about what others are saying about it. It’s yours. Be proud of it. And if you think your song isn’t very good, no problem. Change it, switch it, do whatever you want because in the end, it’s yours to keep.