I’m back! Almost forgot my login details but I’m back haha. So a few days ago I was talking about how I had just started playing guitar. I’m still working hard at it, going through the chords and learning the easy scales right now. I can also play 1 more song, House of the Rising Sun, an oldie but a goodun I think. Also amazing news it turns out my $50 guitar is actually pretty good and I got it for a bargain, I was so dumb not to even see the Biffy Clyro symbol on the headstock, it didn’t even occur to me and it only caught my eye when I was putting it in its case for the FIRST TIME (that’s how much I’ve been playing it, has been lying on my bed or floor since I got it) So I actually have the real Simon Neil Squier signature model! Was so happy when I realised, it’s also meant to be pretty good judging by the review of it written here http://www.allguitarthings.com/2012/08/fender-squier-simon-neil-stratocaster-review/ So looks like I saved a couple hundred bucks! I don’t think I’ll be replacing it for a while. Totally think anyone with a bit of money looking for a beginner guitar should look at this one as an idea, I love it to pieces.
My favourite youtube uploader is definitely this guy right now although a little advanced for me in some places.
So useful it’s unreal, I reckon learning to play the guitar is so much quicker doing it yourself just watching and following along to these types of videos, then having rigid 1-2 hour lessons a week, less effort too :p
Also used this video here to help me learn my first scale, I managed to get halfway through before it all fell apart and I couldn’t keep up, alternate picking is really helping my skill though.
I hope that by the end of this week I will have learnt at least 2 more songs, more or less anyway. When I say learnt I mean just piecing together something recognisable and then improving upon it as much as I can, I kind of wish I had an acoustic guitar too because there are even more acoustic tutorial videos online than electric, but must not complain when I have my Fiesta Red baby :p
Also I suppose you can call this fairly recent news (in the guitar world at least) but I saw Gibson guitars had to settle federal charges for illegally importing wood from Madagascar…ouch. Well personally I feel if they knew what they were doing was wrong then the $350,000 they had to pay according to this NY times blog was not enough. Make your own judgements on it is all I can say http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/06/gibson-guitar-settles-claim-over-imported-ebony/
So thanks for reading and I’ll be checking back in sometime soon!