Guitar Lessons Part 61

June 27: Enthusiasm

I played after dinner today.

My daughter extremely enthusiastically sang along with me during “Get to Know You” and the chorus of the ballad.

I also played the walking song. I think she sang quietly along with the chorus, but I’m not sure.

I did play the learning app songs for the first time in quite a while. I was happy that I seem to not have done much worse than usual.

June 28: Lots of fun

I played the hybrid guitar today. I started off with the walking song and “Get to Know You” and then decided to try a bunch of songs I haven’t played in a while.

“Puff the Magic Dragon,” “The House of the Rising Sun,” “I Want It That Way,” “I Would Walk 500 Miles,” and “Somebody to Love” were the songs I played today.

It was a lot of fun. My daughter danced along with them.

June 29: 1 year anniversary

I’ve been playing guitar for ONE WHOLE YEAR. (June 29 2021-2022)

I am a little flabbergasted, both that it’s been a year and that I kept it up.

I’ve improved so much. I’ve written songs. I’ve learned how to strum and chords and finger picking.

I wouldn’t say that I’m super good, but I would say I’m decent.

I can play recognizable songs. I can sight read if the songs aren’t too complicated and I know them.

That’s pretty good. I’m so very proud of myself.

June 30: Hybrid

I’m really enjoying my hybrid guitar. I mostly play it acoustically because the extra effort to plug it in seems like a lot (tell me you’ve got ADHD without telling me you’ve got ADHD). It’s loud enough that it drowns out my voice if I’m not singing confidently.

I played (from memory) the walking song and “Get to Know You.” Then I pulled out the ukulele app and played a bunch of songs from that.

Maybe I played a little too long.

But I had a stressful morning.

July 1: The first of July

My kids are wearing orange shirts today, because every child matters. It doesn’t feel right to celebrate Canada Day when our history is steeped in the blood of First Nations children and Canada has yet to ensure the safe living conditions of current First Nations people.

I practised my hybrid today, playing the walking song, “Get to Know You,” and the wedding song.

Oh, and we sold my electric! It was picked up today. I hope she’s even happier with it than I was.

July 2: Melody

One of the things I practise every day is the melody for Assassins! Accidental Matchmakers. I do this for a couple reasons.

1. I like how it sounds

2. I have no idea if my publisher is going to want me to play it at the book launch.

If the second does happen, then I definitely need to practise it. If it doesn’t happen, then I will have lost nothing.

I also played from memory the walking song, “Get to Know You,” and the first half of the wedding song.

Only the first half because I don’t know the second half as well.

I’ve got time to memorize it.

It’s not like the walking song that my son (3yo) requests to be sung to him before bed each night.

Gosh, I love that he does that.

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