Guitar Lessons Part 53

May 9: New!

I was super spoiled for mother’s day.

It arrived yesterday just after dinner.

I played it today. It’s really fun. A little longer between the frets than my acoustic, but with a little practise, I should be fine.

I played mountain king and all 3 of my songs today, with only a little pain in my shoulder, so this guitar is doing what it’s supposed to do.

I still think I’ll prefer performing with my acoustic, but we’ll see.

May 10: Wider frets

The biggest difference I’ve found between the acoustic and the electric is the wider frets. So I’ll play the C chord, for example, and my ring finger has to stretch further to get onto the fifth string, third fret.

I’ll get used to it, but right now it’s just frustrating.

My brother-in-law tells me that I’m supposed to strum differently as well, so I should probably look into that…

Played mountain king not well at all. (Wider fret issue)

Played “Get to Know You” twice and the wedding song once. Because I’m using the capo on the 3rd fret, there’s less of an issue with the frets, which is nice.

May 11: Tuning

I didn’t have to tune strings 4, 3, 2, and 1 today. That’s nice.

I played mountain king. Ehhhhhhhhh… I think I’m getting better? Maybe?

I also played “Get to Know You” and the wedding song. I played around with the tone knobs and volume. It’s a lot of fun, but I still prefer my acoustic. I prefer the sound.

I still haven’t looked up the difference between acoustic and electric strumming. I should really get on that. (I say as I pick up volume 4 of Heartstopper by Alice Oseman.)

May 12: Echo

I had a lot of trouble with my electric today. Like, I had to stop in the middle of my song to tune it again, even though it didn’t actually need tuning, because one string was sounding so discordant.

My husband suggested that it was because I’m using a bass amp instead of a guitar amp, so there’s an echo and a bass reverb and my ear can’t handle both.


My amp is supposed to come in tomorrow by 8pm, so I’ll find out by Saturday at the latest.

I nearly failed mountain king. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten such a low score and actually completed it.

I played “Get to Know You” and the wedding song.

May 13: New song

So… I wrote a new song yesterday afternoon.

It’s for the ukulele. It’s a walking song, so there’s no capo and needs to have easy, repetitive chords.

Today, I set about getting used to the ukulele again. I used my husband’s tenor uke rather than the soprano. No particular reason for that, really. Maybe I like the sound a tiny bit better?

I played a couple songs from the ukulele app first, to get used to the chords.

I really love the Winnie the Pooh song. It’s so cute. I played it twice just because.

Then I tried to put chords to the song.

Yeah, that didn’t go so well.

I’ll try again another day.

May 14: Late practice

One of the best things about having an electric guitar is that I can play it after the kids go to bed and they can’t hear it. (If it’s not plugged in.)

So tonight I played a couple songs I hadn’t touched in a while and “Get to Know You” because I have the beginner version memorized and I didn’t want to run down to the basement to get my music.

I also tuned the guitar again. It thought my D string was the high E string. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Hopefully tomorrow I’ll try the uke again and be able to get the chords down for the walking song.

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