Erik (eriktrips) wrote,

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my fingers hurt.

sure is nice though to play a guitar with a bottom end even with normal-gauge strings on it. I don't have to chase them down from a mile above the fretboard and they don't bite back quite as hard and I don't have to use both hands to shove the pick through them. very gratifying.

am learning blues progressions. or I should say I looked at a chart and now I have blues progressions down. yes I've been playing guitar for 25 years but never looked to see what a blues progression consisted of. suddenly "Rock and Roll Suicide" was crystal clear.

see I've got this guitar book with charts and diagrams and chutes and ladders and I thought it was about time I learned what I was doing. I don't know yet if knowing the names of the weird chords I play will be a good thing or a bad thing but at least it won't be so embarrassing to go into a guitar store and play the inventory in front of god and everybody.

I mean I learned the basic chords long ago and shortly after that learned barre chords and then became quite handy at making up chords but beyond following the dots I can't really improvise beyond two chords at a time. and forget little runs and licks. those have to be worked out way ahead of time if they are to sound right.

probably I'm going to find out that what I've been playing has nothing to do with, say, blues progressions. I've probably been playing in some weird mode that is only covered in esoteric manuals. well with luck I won't forget how to do what I do while learning how to do what everyone else does.

it's too bad I have a dissertation to write. not to mention the poetry stuff I'm in the middle of and the website which is a jumbled mess. I never leave my room but somehow have found a hundred things to do.

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