Like Norah Jones would say...... "Here we go again....". Yesterday was my first day at the guitar class. With some motivation from my wife I finally decided to get out there and try it out. So I signed up for these lessons at an adult education centre.
Four years ago there was a similar crisis in my life. I felt the need for music and went and bought myself a keyboard. I know you are wondering why I didn’t ust go and buy myself a music system instead. Something I wonder too. I was primarily inspired by a colleague of mine who used to play it effortlessly. Watching him play made be a bit jealous of the fact that I couldn't play any instrument. So with his help I went and bought myself a second hand keyboard. That was followed by the self teaching books. A few days went by and the interest waned. I guess it was discouraging that I was not making any progress in understanding the notes at all. I would be able to play a couple of tunes but I knew within myself that they were simply key combinations to me and nothing more. The notes meant nothing whatsoever.
Then came a time when I took drastic action. Bought myself a CD and a MIDI cable and hooked up my keyboard with the computer. That was an improvement because the software timed my keystrokes and told me if I was off tune. A few days went by (not that I made much progress on the music front) and one fine day my computer went on the blink. I had no idea what triggered it. So I suspected my MIDI connection and never dared connect it to my new laptop that I replaced the computer with.
That was 3 years ago. A lot of things have happened in 3 years. But my yearning to play an instrument effortlessly still lingers. So here I am stringing up my (borrowed) guitar and off to the classes. I hope to play a better tune this time around.