Today was the day. Christmas day. The day that I was gifted a Fender electric guitar with a Spider Amp IV complete with all of the essentials in entering the world of music with a guitar. I was also given the Xbox game, Rocksmith that is a game where the player hooks up their own [real] guitar to the consol. The game claims to teach anyone at any level to play, and help experienced players advance in their techniques.
This category on my blog is going to be completely devoted to my adventure in teaching myself to play and also my experiences with the game. As of right now, I have played it a little, and all it did was expose me to the guitar and niftily assisted me with tuning my guitar in a jiffy! It wasn’t a confidence booster, that’s for sure, though. I took it upon myself to turn off the Xbox for a while and just play around hitting random notes to get my fingers used to the strings and build dexterity. I then turned to Youtube for a while to learn some basic, classic guitar intros to have some fun while learning it. Plus, it’s always cool to have a little something to play when people ask, “can you play anything!?”. I may not know anything about guitars whatsoever, but I can at least play a few notes for now. It also of course allows me to get used to playing, focusing, and having my hands doing different things on the guitar at once ’til I actually start learning. This is all just exposure and enjoying my guitar for now.
The starter set that I received came with a DVD to help teach me some basics and access to free lessons online. As of now, I don’t have a computer thanks to nasty trojans, malware, viruses, and everything in between that killed it, so I’ll have to use that disc later. For now though, I’ll carry on as I am and use other open computers in the house when I can. After just one day of playing, and never playing a day in my life before, I’ve learned a couple things that I’m content with. Yes, it’s crap, but I’m a major newb. Hopefully long from now I’ll look back at this first post in this category and see a major improvement; it would be cool and others can see the growth of awesomeness in my guitar-playing.
I absolutely love expanding my mind and learning new things every opportunity I get. I cannot afford school, and school is a joke to me because I hate being forced at a learning rate of others around me. Plus of course colleges teach worthless and uninteresting information all too much. I turn to teaching myself everything. It’s double rewarding–Learning something new, and self-teaching that new skill/knowledge. Also, I feel that everyone should be able to play an instrument, even if a plastic flute.
So here I go, embarking in learning what I’ve always wanted to play, and teaching myself to do so with the help of Youtube, some friends, and Rocksmith.
I shall share three short videos of what I’ve learned today. Good start in my opinion.
I simply HAD to do Iron Man, c’mon…
Seven Nation Army is another one I had to do, no doubt!
Daria was what my sister wanted to do, so I thought it was great for me to learn switching strings.