My strumming sounds crap, especially the upstroke. And how do you avoid strumming the 5th and 6th strings of a D major chord on the upstroke?
It has become clear to me that the piano kept so much detail hidden and abstracted away, musical details that only now become clear to me. Like tuning. I got a Korg tuner, but soon switched back to tuning by ear - definitely better. With the piano, a tuner is someone you phone up (you leave a message with his mum, with whom he lives at the age of 55) who then shows up a week later smelling faintly of stale beer, carrying a tattered leather case who says "you poor girl" to the piano and orders you to bugger off out of the room for an hour after you offer him tea and a digestive biscuit. Then you play the freshly tuned piano and wonder how the hell you got by before he came round.
But I digress. The piano also never buzzes or clicks when you do something wrong. And the keys are spaced out equally. And there are no harmonics. It's a brilliant instrument to play, but I feel that the guitar is showing me things about acoustics I never fully appreciated before.
I had long dismissed about.com as a pile of dot com shite, but I have to admit that guitar.about.com is actually not bad at all if you read around the advertising. The Beginner's Lessons are easy without being patronising, something that seems to be quite rare.
Since I got the guitar I have also been playing the piano more. I neglected music for years, but it is now clear to me that it does me good (if I were USian I would now be using phrases such as "mental health"). If it were economically possible, which it isn't, I can imagine getting out of IT and only playing music all day. Sadly this isn't possible: I'm not good enough and in any case I don't want to play music for money. I strongly believe that the best things in life are free.
Ah yes, when's the MFC deadline? I seem to have lost track.
Also, I went to Greece last week. Perhaps I will tell you about that another time.
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