I really do love it. It’s been about a year since I got my cute lil uke, and I play it all the time. I don’t sit and dedicate myself to learning absolutely everything and getting really good, but I play it all the time, and I’m worlds better than when I started. Bar chords are still giving me a hard time, but at least I can get some of them out now. Transitioning between them quickly is a whole different animal though. As long as it’s not a bar chord though, I can transition pretty easily between chords, which is something I thought was going to be impossible for me a year ago.
I also started learning how to finger pick this week. So that should be fun, once I find a few more lessons on how to do it well.
Slowly but surely I am getting better at it. :)
I really want to be successful at it. Not just scraping by. I’ve really outgrown my equipment. I’ve been using the same camera (not a super fabulous one at that) and L-series lens for more than two years…goodness going on three. I’ve really outgrown it and I’m feeling the limitations more and more. I know I could grow as a photographer if I had better equipment.
I’m also starting to sort out print collections and such, and learning the coding I need for redesigning my website into something REALLY nice. And I’m designing things like cards and albums, birth announcements, etc. Things that will help make my business more of a boutique. Then hopefully in the future I can sell my templates to other photographers to use too. Possibly my talents in design for logos and business packages.
I want to have a trusted brand, and be known for stellar art, gorgeous design, and a sweet personal touch to everything I do. My business is NOT simply taking photos, it needs to be recognized by those who hire me as a memorable, luxurious experience that provides them with gorgeous portraits they will treasure for the rest of their lives.
This, THIS right now is when I buckle down, get it right, make it awesome, and make my business MUCH more than the average starting out photographer who charges too little, works harder (not smarter), and is out of business in less than 5 years. This is my turning point. Get ready baby, cause it’s on, it’s on like Donkey Kong.
Well, I’ve been picking away at this little thing for a few months now. Not every single day, just here and there when I have some time. I really am getting better. Chords that felt totally weird to me at first are now coming more naturally and sounding decent. I still look at some chords and go, “yeah right, maybe if I was the 6 fingered man.” But that will probably change with more time and more practice too.
I can play a few songs really well. I love playing songs from the “Once” soundtrack, and now I’m learning Paramore’s “Only Exception”. Just gotta keep at it! I wish I could find chords for the more obscure songs I’m in to.