Saturday, March 29, 2008

My Guitar Hero


Ever since Tom was a little guy he has always wanted to play the guitar. He had one in junior high, but sadly, his Dad decided to learn too, so Tom never got to play. Last weekend we saw Tristan Prettyman (S. Cal native) perform at a bar in Orange County and we were both blown away by her talent. You can check out a little video here and watch some amazing footage of the beautiful California landscape. After watching her on stage Tom said he felt re-inspired to take up guitar again. So I get home from work yesterday and there in the living room sits a new guitar.

He didn't know I was in the next room videotaping while he was jamming out to Wrigley. Wrigs is a bit confused by the new instrument and not quite sure what to do about it. It's hard to hear it clearly on the tape but when Tom's finished playing he says, "How do you like that Wrigs?" Good thing he wasn't playing for Chumley.

Last night we had a going away party for a friend and it went pretty late so we ended up going to bed pretty early in the morning. Today we were sprawled out on the couch watching baseball and fell asleep. About an hour later I thought Guns N' Roses had infiltrated our family room. I was awoken by yet another one of Tom's jam sessions. He's improved quite a bit in just 24 hours and he's learning the basic chords. So far he's mastered 3 three of them. He found a tutorial on-line and he's even learning some songs too. Although everything he plays sounds like the beginning of "Every Rose Has it's Thorn" by G n' R.

More hidden cam footage coming soon of my husband, the Rock Star.

*I've been trying to play Green Day's "Good Riddance" and what I've discovered is playing the guitar is flippin HARD. Physically. I don't recommend it for people with bad backs. And small hands. And no patience. Oh and I've already lost the guitar pick. They need to install a tracking device on those things. I've looked for it everywhere and it's gone. I really hope Wrigs didn't think it was a cheese nip cuz that's what it looked like, except it was triangle shaped. Maybe I should take up playing the Triangle instead. Does anyone even play that anymore? I won't give up on the Gee-tar just yet because I really want to learn how to play this song. Eighmay (Amy) if you're reading this does this bring back frat house memories??? I also got a few potato chip droppings inside the hole of the guitar. Probably not a good idea since we need to return it because 2 of the strings make this awful buzzing sound when you play certain notes. And it's not just when I play it happens to Tom too so we're going to exchange it.

*update 2: Drinking wine makes playing the guitar a lot more challenging but the music sounds better. Want to know what I had for dinner? Wine, American Cheese and Onion Potato Chips. That's what all Rock Stars eat nowadays. No big deal. Oh and I found the guitar pick. It was sitting atop the bathroom counter. When in doubt, always check the bathroom. At least in this house.

*update 3: Tom and I are taking turns playing the guitar. He called me a guitar Hog. There is now full on vocals during our jam sessions. It's not pretty. Perhaps if I had more wine I would video tape but as I said, it's not pleasing to the ear drums.

*ok seriously, last update: Interpretive dancing and spinning (on my part) has begun. Learning to play the guitar is fun!


Anonymous said...

OMG that cracked me up! Yes, I got a geetar for Xmas as well and it sits in my closet. I was going to teach myself, but haven't made it past tuning the damn thing. And it's very hard for those with little hands, or short fingers. I was thinking I should have asked for a keyboard instead.

Stephanie said...

Haha. I wish I was YOUR neighbor. :)