“Take 4? Take it back!”

Here’s one of my early efforts at using the GoPro to video myself playing guitar. (The purpose is for me to be able to evaluate my technique, rather than to entertain others) Like many people I really don’t like seeing myself on camera much. I can’t help but think I look like a former pastor, Donald Winters, who recently passed. Or maybe I look more like a Bassett Hound.


While this wasn’t a perfect performance I do think the sound of the guitar is pretty. The simple study is called Boat Song. I’m actually playing Part 1 of a duet. Part 2 is being played by a recording which came with the Aaron Shearer method book I’ve been using.

The camera angle is wider than I’d like, unfortunately this is what the GoPro action camera is designed for. I’ve since re-read the manual and changed the settings from 720p to 1080p which will make the field of view slightly  narrower in future recordings.


Guitar Man. New Teacher.

I had my first guitar lessons with a new teacher, Luke Payne, yesterday and it was NOT what I expected. If I had to use one word to describe it I would call it “challenging!” My fingers weren’t challenged, but my brain was. One technique he uses is singing solfege, i.ei do-re-mi, to learn sight-reading. I thought this was something that singing students did but apparently it’s a “thing” that serious music students do, too.

We’re starting with one of the popular Aaron Shearer books. Hopefully I can fix some bad habits and develop some new ones. I’ve also been re-visiting Jamie Andreas The Principles of Correct Practice For Guitar. Hopefully all this tutelage will make me into a decent player.

Oh! And he only lets me use my thumb to play!

Bonus Trivia! I sneeze very loudly. VERY loudly. Even when I try to sneeze quietly it’s still usually very loud. No kitty-cat sneezes here.

What’s In The Garden

Tonight I gave my neighbor some corn seeds and he gave me some onion sets, which I planted. The garden currently has:

Bell peppers
Potatoes (from last years leftover potatoes!)
Green beans
English peas
Sugar snap peas

Seeds that did not sprout:

Spaghetti squash (from my own seeds)
Acorn squash
Honeydew melons

I’m going to put corn where I tried Cantaloupe and Honeydew melons and try the melons, and maybe Watermelons, in the new section of garden.