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AshleyR  ·  1559 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Jean Leloup's new album got me into playing guitar again

    Do you jam around bonfires or at parties sometimes?

I was in a few bands in my teens. Played in a RHCP cover band in another town and also with a wedding ensemble. Lately, I'm playing in my bedroom and sometimes jamming at the squares. Haven't tried busking yet. I also feel the need for a full band; I got lots of cool sounds in my head, but I find that playing a single guitar is very limiting. Thank goodness there are drum machine apps and DAWs.

    What are you go to songs to play/sing?

Gosh, it's been a while since I played a full song. Normally I play metal/funk/video game tracks/random melodies I heard on new songs by ear.

P.S.: elizabeth, it's nice that you picked up the guitar again! How's it going?

I listened to the song you posted. I know very little French, but overall, it's just sounds to me. Even when I listen to songs in English, I don't pay much attention to lyrics (except when they are creative, since I started writing my own stuff). Now I got the chords on my ears.

elizabeth  ·  1556 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Glad you like it, the whole album is genius :) The best part is that the songs are of different difficulty so I can start of by learning the easy ones. Guitar learning is going slowly, but surely!

AshleyR  ·  1556 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Cool! It's about consistency in the end.

BTW, I used to teach guitar a long time ago and coached a girl in my first group.

For me, I didn't feel the difficulties that much. The problem was my peers: I play left-handed, and everyone wanted me to play the usual way, which I didn't do. Of course, I went through the usual hurdles (bar chords, learning stuff by ear).

I know that feeling when you listen to something and have the urge to pick your instrument and jam along. Right now, I'm drawn to the songwriting side of things. I feel I transcended my instrument: I don't think about the guitar exclusively anymore. It's more like hearing the song as a whole. That's why I want to play everything, hahahahaha!

What do you like most about the guitar?

elizabeth  ·  1556 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Honestly, I like music but it's never been a huge passion for me. I mostly like the social aspect and love hanging out with musicians. There is nothing better at a party than people improvising and jamming in my opinion and I'd like to take part too someday!

AshleyR  ·  1555 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You reminded me of a talk I had with the girl I coached. She said the same thing: "oh, I don't breathe music like you do". I'm gonna put the same thing I said to her:

It's OK if it's not a huge passion for you. It's OK even if you're not that good! As long as you are a cool person to be around and willing to learn, people will want to play with you. Just have fun (and try playing with others right now)!