The Obligatory New Year’s Post

Notable parts of 2009:

  1. Went to India
  2. Got an internship
  3. Hit two years of marriage
  4. Finally saw Jane’s Addiction in concert

And the aims for 2010:

  1. Get an MBA
  2. Get a job
  3. Get at least minimal guitar skills
  4. Get the workout trend to continue in a good direction
  5. Get still more acquainted with Chicago
  6. Get some books off of my reading list and into my dome-piece
  7. Get everyone to start saying “twenty ten” instead of “two thousand ten”

May you hit your targets in twenty ten.

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5 Responses to “The Obligatory New Year’s Post”

  1. Holy crap, I can’t believe I’ve been reading your blog since before you were married.

    One of my friends taught himself how to play guitar from lessons he found on Youtube. Good way to learn if you don’t want to spend $ and don’t have reliable hours.

    I am SO with you on the twenty ten thing.

  2. Too bad you didn’t mention the guitar goal while you were in Pittsburgh. I have a few extra guitars around my house, and the studio has some Fender starter packs that we give away to new guitar students. I’d be happy to arrange something if you’re in need of a guitar. Next time you’re in town, I’d be happy to give you some pointers.

  3. I got the guitar; I bought a classical one in Bolivia, but just haven’t gotten around to learning it. I did get some software – any particular pointers on learning classical guitar vs. regular?

  4. I’d suggest learning a little bit of both the classical technique and the casual/rock technique. The major difference is where you hold the guitar. When playing classical guitar you rest the guitar on your left leg while you place your left foot on a stool. The right hand technique is finger picking. When using casual position the guitar rests on your right leg and you use a pick. Being able to play use both right hand techniques is useful. Classical guitars are generally more difficult to play because of a wider neck and nylon strings. If your classical guitar is set up the same way, then you’ll find it much easier to play when trying out an electric or non-classical acoustic guitar.

    I’ve never used any software for the guitar, so I can only share what books I use for teaching. For classical technique, I usually have my students play some exercises from Aaron Shearer’s “Classic Guitar Technique, volume 1.” Almost all of my students prefer playing rock, country, metal, christian, or jazz music though. These students either work through Mel Bay’s Modern Guitar Method 1 or Berklee College of Music’s “A Modern Method for Guitar.” The Mel Bay series has 7 books. You’d be able to fly through the first half of volume 1. There are some nice arrangements as you get into the series. I found a complete method for the Mel Bay one time, so I bought it ($30 for the complete volume compared to $7.95 each individually). The Berklee book introduces reading chords much more quickly than the Mel Bay book does.

    In the end it depends on what you want to play. What you can do on the guitar is endless. From classical guitar to easy open chord songs like Bob Dylan to power chords of so many rock bands to jamming out like Hendrix to playing chord melodies like Joe Pass (or Joe Negri) to playing acoustic percussive like Michael Hedges to the modern virtuosos like Satchriani or Eric Johnson. Good luck on your journey.

  5. Thanks! I’m going to check out that Shearer stuff in particular. It’s interesting that you find what the students like ahead of time and then go from there when teaching — seems like the best way to find innate motivation.

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