Some of you may know that I’ve been playing the guitar, pretty badly, since I was still at teen. I’ve never had a lesson but I can hold my own with plenty of chords and play songs using tabs and chord diagrams. I’ve got two beautiful acoustic guitars – a 6 and a 12 string – and don’t play them very often. Hardly ever, if truth be known.
My father plays and I’ve always wanted to but just never had the confidence or burning desire to take lessons. Well, Micah has finally shown some interest in learning and I took that as a great opportunity to buy myself a low-end Fender telecaster along with Micah’s mini stratacaster. My brother, Chuck, has been raving about Rocksmith for a year or so and when I heard the new version was out this week, I picked that up, too. While lessons are great, I still like the idea of me not taking them and learning on my own, instead. Micah, however, will be taking lessons. I’ll be learnin’ with Rocksmith.
I’ve played more guitar in the past two days than I have in the past two years, I think. It’s all I could think about today. For those of you unfamiliar with Rocksmith, I’ll embed a video in the post to give you an idea of what it is. I’m also going to put in a video of the song I mostly worked on today. I played it 5 times and I’m at just over 56% mastery. I’m playing the rhythm guitar instead of the lead so I’m not doing any of the stuff you see happening on frets higher than 5. I will, eventually, work on that, too, but I’m pretty damn happy that I’m able to hit those F and F minors! Woot! Barre chords have never been my friend. TJ recorded some of my playing tonight but I’ve not seen it and Dusty decided he wanted my attention and he doesn’t like to be denied. We’ll see what the video looks like…
I signed up for the Rocksmith 60 Day Challenge, too. Today will be Day One. I’m supposed to play however I want for an hour a day for the next 60 days and be amazed by my improvement! I’ll share the progress with you. And I’ll see if I can talk Chuck into doing it, too. Although, an hour a day for himself is not an easy task.