That’s what they say right? That it takes three weeks to form a habit. Well. It’s been about three weeks since I kind of fell into a new self improvement venture.
I was shopping the day before Christmas at Best Buy and saw a copy of Rocksmith for fairly cheap. Even though I honestly didn’t have all that much interest in the game. I thought it might be fun so I picked it up along with a pretty cheap electric guitar to go along with it. All of this was purely on a whim as I was trying to figure out how to spend a best buy gift card I got for buying a new TV for our bedroom.
Now I’ve played the game a few times, and yeah it’s good fun, and the videos and games can teach some techniques and practice. But for someone who had never touched ‘literally never’ a guitar in his life before playing it has been pretty hard.
That being said I’ve muddled through a little of it. However mostly I’ve been looking reading through an Alfred’s teach yourself book and working through the exercises and watching beginner lessons on YouTube. So I’m happy to report that after three weeks,,, I still suck. Really badly. However. I am still having fun with it. And I’ve definitely gotten a little better after three weeks. I know at the very least that I’m building up the required hand endurance as my finger no longer scream in pain from squishing on steel strings.
I take a little comfort in the knowledge that after three weeks of running nearly two years ago, I was only going about 1.5 miles or so. Learning something new takes time, patience, and practice.
I’ve picked up a few observations as well. There seems to be two schools of learning guitar. There is the classic learn all the notes and strings method (the Alfred’s book I’m slowly working through). There is also the learn a few chords and just string those together. Then memorize a few riffs and these are the places that you put your hands etc. rather than reading notes and playing songs directly from music.
I’m doing a little bit of both. Slowly. For now I’m still having fun with it. I’ve gotten stuck on a song in Rocksmith because it has the unfortunate side affect of not being able to look at your hands since your watching the game screen. I’m sure after a bit I’ll start to be able to feel where my hand is on the fret board, but for now I just can’t do it.
I intend to keep working through the Alfred’s book and I’ll get back to Rocksmith again soon as I get a few more basics down. I think I might actually take a beginner course being offered here in Oxford in March. It is a five week course and might give me some perspective I don’t currently have. But we’ll have to see if I’m still at it in March first.