I still owe you guys a post on the Steampunk World’s Fair, and probably several nature photo posts. I’ve got another new song in the works. I still haven’t finished the intro to guitar course. I was planning to get some of those things done this weekend. I don’t rule out the possibility of doing SOMETHING tomorrow, but it’s already 9:30 pm here, so Saturday has apparently been a bust. I didn’t even go to this month’s open mic. None of my household chores are done.
I’ve been slacking quite a lot. Today I’ve spent most of the day alternating between working on my F chord, playing Assassins Creed II (yes, I know, way behind the times. I wait until games are cheap, okay?), and reading a bazillion articles about Chris Cornell. My head still isn’t quite willing to wrap itself around the fact we now live in a world where there will be no new Chris Cornell songs. Before I had a digital music library, I listened to Euphoria Morning so many times that I killed the CD. I had to buy it again. Then, the second copy got slightly murdered, too, so my digital copy still has one or two tracks that are a little fucked up. I need to replace those tracks, I really do. It’s still one of my favorite albums of all time, and every time I get 3/4 of the way through ‘Flutter Girl‘ and then start hearing the scratchy noises, I sulk about it, then my irreparably bad attention span kicks in and I forget about it by the time I get home until the next time I listen to the track.
So, yeah, sufficed to say, I’m not really in the right frame of mind to babble happily at you about the bands I saw at SPWF this year. That post is going to end up being pretty darn belated, because I don’t really want to be like ‘oh yeah, these bands were great, WTH IS WRONG WITH THE WORLD?’ That’s sort of how things have been for me for the past few days, though. I’ll just be going about my life, and then I remember one of my musical heroes just died, and I get shot into ‘reality sucks’ mode for a bit. I thought I’d maybe do something rare for me and try to learn to cover one of his songs to help me process, but no dice – he’s just too damn good (or I’m too bad, or both, you pick. lol).
So naturally, when reality sucks, I work on guitar stuff that’s hard, like barre chords. It’s coming along though, really. My hand tires out quickly, but it’s coming along. My big problem points right now are:
- My damn pinky. I’m having a hard time not flattening it out (and therefore muting the strings below it).
- the B string. Of all the strings, B is the one I’m having the hardest time to get to ring clear consistently.
- My…er…knee. Yes, you read that right, my knee. I seem to have this absolutely horrible habit, when I’m not paying attention, of planting my elbow on my knee to get a better angle. I’m not sure what this is about, but I suspect it has to do with the way I drop my shoulder when I rest my elbow, so I’m trying to be really conscious of NOT doing that. Being able to play barre chords only when my knee is in the equation won’t do me a damn bit of good.
So, for now, I practice a few minutes at a time, starting at the 3rd fret and working my way up to the first. I’m not at a point where I’m attempting to switch in and out of it yet. For now I just want to be able to get a consistently clear chord and get used to how it feels under my fingers. It’s slow progress, but I’m inching my way there.
In other news, I don’t know. I’m still working with the music note app for a few minutes most nights right before bed, but I’m taking my time and not moving on to a new note until I’m pretty confident of what I know so far, so it’s going slowly, but it’s going. I’ve got several proper posts to write, but I’m moping, so just updating you and letting you know I’m still working on things, and will hopefully have something worthwhile to talk about soon.
In the meanwhile, I’ll just leave this here: