Practice

Spent a good part of the afternoon playing the songs the work band has picked on my stereo.  The kids danced around while I tried to keep up on the guitar.  I keep forgetting how long Message in a Bottle is compared to other songs in which I don’t use my pinky as much.

This is going to be fun, but it is going to take some practice just to play through the songs without mixing up verses and choruses!  Don’t even get me started on solos!  I guess this is what it is like to be trying something you are very likely going to fail at.  At least I’ll have a good time doing it.

Stressed

I was stressed at work today trying to do too many things all at once.  I couldn’t focus on the memo I had to write.  I couldn’t even write an outline of what I wanted to put in the memo.  So I grabbed my guitar off the wall, played it for all of two minutes right there at my desk with the door open, put it back on the wall, and typed up an outline in ten minutes.

I’m still a bit stressed with all the assignments at work, but it was nice to focus all my attention on one thing with the help of my guitar.

Will this work in the future?  I don’t know.  Probably not.  I doubt it.  If I do this too much, I’ll just end up playing instead of working.  That would defeat the purpose.  Also, when I play for longer periods of time at work I tend to relax myself and lose focus entirely.  That would also defeat the purpose.  If I play for too short a period of time, I’ll just want to play more and it will be a greater distraction.  That would defeat the purpose.

I guess I’ll just continue to play by ear (no pun intended).  There probably isn’t a right or wrong answer.  I guess I should just be glad I have a work environment where I can do that and no one cares or is offended (that I know of).  I certainly won’t abuse that flexibility.

Final Song List

We have put together the final list of songs we will try to cover our first practice (probably our first few practices).  The list is now:

  • (What’s so funny about) Peace Love and Understanding as covered by Elvis Costello (originally by Nick Lowe)
  • Undone (the Sweater Song) by Weezer
  • I Know What I Am by Band of Skulls

Those are the additions to the ones we already picked.

  • Message in a Bottle by the Police
  • The Middle by Jimmy Eat World
  • Ring of Fire as covered by Social Distortion (originally by June Carter)
  • Gouge Away by the Pixies
  • I Love Rock N’ Roll as covered by Joan Jett (originally by the Arrows)
  • Here We Go Again by OkGo

Tired

I played guitar in my office again today.  Wow.  Two days in a row.  That’s a new record (this year…I think).  Unfortunately I am so tired I don’t feel up to a detailed discussion of pedal boards, dream amps, guitar practice, priorities, pseudo bands, etc.

Good night.

Finally

I finally played my guitar at work.  It was a lot of fun, but I literally had to force myself to put down work and actually pick up my guitar during my lunch.  I plugged into my RP200 pedal with headphones and just played through all the different factory settings.  That alone took almost 20 minutes.  I then tried playing through a couple of songs that my new work band wants to play.  I’ve got to really start practicing if I want to be ready by May 10th.

Oh, and the bassist picked another song.

It Pours

When it rains, it appears to pour.

This evening we hosted the monthly extended family get together for my wife’s side of the family.  It was fun to get together and chat, but what was really fun was getting out the bass, bass amp, guitar, guitar amp, and drums to jam with some of her cousins.   One cousin played drums through highschool, but recently sold his kit to pay for car parts.  Another cousin plays violin in school and loves to noodle on the bass.  Everyone else took turns on the guitar!

We didn’t do anything fancy, but we did have fun!  We even had one of the wife’s aunt’s banging her head!  So we’re going to get together in a few weeks to jam again.  Should be fun.

Other Local Guitar Shops

I took my Warmoth project guitar to two local guitar shops to play with amps.  At one store I played a Jet City 20 Combo and a Mesa 5:25 Express Combo.  It wasn’t really a fair competition, but it did help my ears to go from one amp to the other.  I heard things I liked in both and things I didn’t like in both.

I then went to the second local guitar shop to play the Old School Amp 5 watt Model One head and one 10 inch speaker in a pine cabinet.  I have to say, I still get my favorite sounds out of the Old School Amp.

2010 Arts Walk

Went to the Arts Walk in Olympia, WA tonight with some friends.  Had a good time with the friends, saw some great art, heard some great bands, saw some cool guitar gear, saw my boss, and enjoyed the “scene.”  The best part for me was as I walked from one street to another there was an area where different bands’ music mixed.  It was like a no man’s zone of music that in which each band’s music would faze in an out depending on the direction of the wind, the dynamics of the song, and the movement of the crowds.

I need to be in a band.  I need to make music.  I need to be a part of making that happen, not just be a spectator.  I really am a wanna be.  I’m riding the high of a great night and ignoring the low of truly realizing how much of a wanna be I am.

Local Guitar Shops

One of my local guitar shops moved.  I drove by their old place of business and was worried they had gone out of business.  I pulled into the parking lot and was happy to see the new address painted on their window with a big “we’ve moved” sign.

The new place is smaller.  They just moved in and haven’t even set everything up.  But it was nice to see them still going at it.  Best of luck to them.

Almost Cut My Hair

Well, not may hair.  I actually almost played my guitar at work.  But that opportunity quickly passed and I did not play.

This is becoming a regular occurrence.  The state legislative special session was hectic enough that I didn’t get much guitar playing in during my lunch, but now things are just as busy and the session is over.  What’s up with that!?!