While my guitar gently weeps

I had a guitar when I was a kid. For some reason, I picked it up left handed because it felt natural and consequently ruined any chance of me learning the guitar at an early age. I remember when I was much older, high school age I think, that I trained myself to not hold it upside down. I don’t even remember what happened to that old thing. I might have pawned it at some point. I know that’s what I did with my old Yamaha “keytar.”

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been trying to learn how to play guitar. It’s a very slow process mostly because I don’t devote hours of practice each day or even play around on my new/used guitar for an hour total each week.

But I’m having fun.

Playing the guitar is not easy. Anyone can press three keys on a piano and make a chord. It might not be a nice sound, but a chord nonetheless. You can do the same with a guitar, but guess what… making a chord on a guitar hurts. At no time does pressing a piano key hurt my fingers. That just isn’t the case with the guitar.

Building up calluses so a baseball bat or a golf club doesn’t tear the meaty flesh off your hand is to be expected. Of course, you can always wear gloves. No such luck with the guitar. You have to build up the protection on your finger tips and in the beginning it hurts.

So far I have three chords down… now I just need the truth and I can be a rock and roll star.