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Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Did you know that I got a guitar when I was 14? My parents got it for me one Christmas and I was so excited.

I never learned a single chord. NEVER. Kristie taught me a song though, one that just involved picking. I thought that was pretty cool, and I hoped that it would satisfy my parents. Y'know, since I promised I'd really play and I'd never quit it like I quit pianosoccerartchoir[insert activity here].

I do wonder why I've quit so many things in my lifetime. I think the problem is I'm scared of not being good at something, so I don't want to try. How sad is that? How will I ever get better at something I'm not good at if I don't try? That's a pretty lame way to live.

Yesterday I finally took Kev up on his offer to teach me how to play the guitar. I didn't have immediate success, but I know it's not going to be hard forever. Which is great because I don't know how much patience Kev will maintain if I keep staring at him blankly every time he asks me to play a chord. That'll get old fast.

I have to practice 30 minutes each day in order to 1) build calluses on my fingers and 2) stop sucking.

But this is great. I'm making progress with my fear of failure. I'm certified to teach PiYo (so there's no turning back now!) and I'm going to have weekly guitar lessons with Kev. Go me!


  1. I am the exact same way, afraid to try something because I might screw it up. I also sometimes quit things in the middle if it's been going well and then I make a mistake. It's awful! So I think it's awesome that you're getting over it! And especially with something like playing the guitar!

  2. The callouses will come! Then we can jam to songs togeth! Just learn D, A, and G, and we can play just about anything!
    You try lots of things and don't quit - think about it - Yoga, Pilates, Singing, School, jobsyoureallyhatebuthavetogoto, you learned the art of conducting for church, the list goes on and on and on. The other things that you quit just weren't your thing.

  3. I have this exact same problem. Soccer, piano, flute, gymnastics, and now, gulp, dancing. (Though I vow to take that up once my belly isn't the size of a watermelon) Way to get certified and yeah for lessons!

  4. That's great! Good for you for overcoming perfectionism. :)

  5. I am so gosh darn proud of you! I actually did learn a few chords back in that day, but I still sucked. And I gave it up, too. But not before I yearned after your pretty guitar. I've been meaning to teach myself the piano forever now, and I might just do it. (It's just too frustrating to be able to read music and feel music and then have my brain dead fingers mess it all up.) But I'll try if you will!

  6. Thanks for all the encouragement friends!!

  7. You should just play Guitar Hero, it's a lot easier.

  8. I have always wanted to play the guitar, but I've never wanted to LEARN to play the guitar. But as, Henry Adams said, "They know enough who know how to learn."
    Go you.


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