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Free spirit, place of peace in Worcester is doing 12 things including…

Learn to play the guitar

10 cheers


Free spirit, place of peace has written 23 entries about this goal

Have not played

guitar much at all since my last entry.

However, I did take a class and build my own electric guitar. Now that I am done graduate school (and thus have more time) maybe I can spend some time working on chords and strumming again…

i practice guitar

now every day or two

and i still do struggle sometimes

but i am getting better steadily and i have a direction now,

thanks to my tuesday night guitar lessons.

i know almost all the major chords and many minors.

i am learning different strumming patterns.

learning picking right now and how to pick one string at a time, in series of triplets.

i know the strumming pattern and chord progression to dead flowers by the rolling stones, but i am working on how to pick it.

all in all, great decision.

someday i will be able to play through songs YAYYYYYYYYYY


up for guitar lessons again!

My room mate was looking for classes- not just looking, actually- she was determined to find tap classes, and she was so happy after coming home from her first lesson that I got the bug and started looking for guitar lessons. Saw an ad for one last week when I was walking down the street, checked it out online, but it was way out of my budget. Craigslist served me well though, and I found someone in my town who teaches lessons out of their home, for $15 a lesson. I e-mailed him and… my first lesson is this Tuesday! I’m excited.

Let’s see how lesson number 1 one goes.

practiced guitar


and enjoyed it.

(i hadn’t lost everything, either, that i had learned from my lessons)


have gotten back into playing the guitar.

working on tuning it every time i practice.

and just playing it and getting my fingers used to the strings again.

i still have that book of chords that i can use to do some learning…
and maybe remember.
and learn to play.
yes, play.

Let's see how that goes.

So I had been slacking on this goal for a heckofalongtime….

I was at Almost Home the other day playing ping pong with a friend, and they were talking about the guitar. He had taught himself how to play guitar, and I thought that was really cool, so I was asking him all about it…... and it gave me renewed inspiration to try s’more.

So yesterday I picked up the electric guitar I’d been borrowing from Chris, and started strumming. At first it bothered me that it didn’t sound like the acoustic guitar, but…as I got used to the sound, it was okay. And I was happy playing. It wasn’t so bad. So when I go home this Wednesday, I’d like to pick up the ol’ acoustic, and try a spot o’ strumming.

three days and counting

so I’ve been practicing this electric guitar

and it’s quite fun

(how did i ever stop playing the acoustic? fears?)

i’m adjusting to the difference of sound

and how heavy the guitar is

and small

but i think i’ll really like it.

I see my love

My friend just let me borrow his electric guitar.

Now I have no experience with an electric guitar and only a bit o’ work on the acoustic guitar, but this one seems really neat. And I am excited to try it out. Especially psyched that it doesn’t have to be loud- I can put the headphones on, and have it not bother my room mates. Yay!


I got a guitar tuner for Christmas.

And it’s really easy to use.

Now I can play again. And not feel out of tune.

New found inspiration? I hope so.

I guess I know the fallout....

I’ve been practicing less and less since I stopped lessons and went back to school. It’d be hard to play at the apartment- I fear the music would bother the roomies- so I left the guitar at home and play when I go there.

Another challenge: My instructor taught me how to tune the guitar on my last lesson… and I’ve tried it.. and it’s hard. I don’t know if I’m doing it right and I get the feeling that I’m not, and it’s wholly frustrating. I want to learn how to do it CORRECTLY.

Solution? I guess find a friend willing to teach me, because if I can’t tune the guitar, I can’t really play that well. Clearly.

Free spirit, place of peace has gotten 10 cheers on this goal.


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