Last night I had my final guitar lesson for the year and I explained to Casey (who can be found here by the way, if you’re in the market for an amazing Sydney-based guitar teacher) what I would like to do with my lessons next year.
First, I need to practice more. That’s on me. Casey gave me a handy sheet that I can fill in every week with my focus for the coming week and I check it off each day I practice. Being a visual and list-driven person, this is perfect.
Second, I’m happy to jump around songs, but I don’t want to move away from any particular technique until I have it down pat. For example, I really need to focus on barre chords, so for the next however long, we’re only going to play barre chord-based songs. Which is problematic. Because I can’t hear barre chords in songs so I could suggest 500 songs to Casey and the only things I can guarantee you is they’re not going to be in 4/4 time, there’s probably going to be a capo involved and no matter how much the lyrics make me cry, they won’t move Casey to tears.
Third, I need to stop pulling monster faces every time I do something wrong. Not because they’re not completely endearing, but because they give my mistakes away and maybe I could sneak a few past Casey if I wasn’t grimacing (Kidding! He catches me every time.).
Fourth, and this will make Casey laugh, when the time comes and I feel like I have make progress on all of the above, I’m going to pick a song and get Casey to help me write an alt-country version of it. Much like Delilah, I am treat-focused.
I find barre chords tricky, and they make my wrist sore (if I don’t practice enough) so we had to come up with some super fun songs to keep me interested.
I am a sucker for a saccharine melody so Veruca Salt ending up being the perfect choice. We’re going to switch between the newest VS song, ‘The Museum of Broken Relationships’ and good ol’ ‘Volcano Girls’.