Strumming Along…

Last Christmas, after receiving my first bonus ever, I decided to buy myself something I always wanted – an acoustic guitar.

Ever since I was about 13-years-old, I wanted to learn to play and somehow never gotaround to it. So of course, I bought the guitar last year and it spent the better half of this year collecting dust.

Now that I find myself with almost unlimited free time, I’ve finally decided it’s time to pick up the guitar.

With a couple of friends in Charlotte who have also learned to play, I’ve begun to reach out to them and see what they’ve learned. One of my friends actually purchased his first guitar just days after I bought my first. Of course, he stuck to it and has learned to play very well.

I found myself determined to start getting serious about this so I did what many do now when trying to learn a new skill, I turned to YouTube.

Having a okay ear for music, I’ve realized certain songs could be fairly easy since there’s all of maybe three chords and not much else. I started by looking up Paramore’s “Only Exception.”

It’s a beautifully simple, heartfelt song. I’ve been a big fan of the song since the first time I heard it. Within an hour or so, I not only learned to play the song but began to start picking up various chords.

I decided to keep going. Next up: Miranda Lambert’s “Famous In A Small Town.” It didn’t take long to figure out this one either. With the help of a friend, I also learned Old Crowe Medicine Show’s, “Wagon Wheel.”

It’s funny how some things can just come to you with practice and determination. I’ve spent the better part of the past three weeks teaching myself. By no means am I ready to jump on tour with a band, but I feel as if I’ve accomplished a lot since this was a goal of mine.

I think any situation can be better with music to carry you through it – good or bad, so when I was looking for a quote to close this post, I found one I just could not say better myself:

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” -Friedrich Nietzsche