I've Got Blisters on Me Fingers

This post is for anyone who's ever picked up a guitar and tried to learn, but after a week of buzzing frets, cramped wrists, and fingers that hurt so bad that you want to cry.
I first wanted to play guitar when I was about 14 because one of my good buddies was pretty awesome at it and I wanted to be cool like him. I asked my parents for a guitar for Christmas and got my very first electric guitar. A black Nova from the sears catalog. I went gong ho for about a month trying to teach myself how to play and after about a month I hated it some much that I put the guitar in my closet and out of my mind. My fingers hurt and I couldn't get any of the chords to sound them way they were supposed to. I accepted that I would never be able to play guitar and I moved on, always jealous of my multi-talented friend (who I'm still a little jealous of, damn him and natural musicality).

Then that summer I work at Circle Square Ranch. Every night they had campfire and a guy who we all called Tank would usually play guitar. Hearing him play and the way people reacted to it gave me inspiration. After spending a couple of weeks at the ranch I came home to real life and high school life and I dug my guitar out of my closet.  I was resolved that if Tank could play it then there's no reason I can't. It's not like he was a musical prodigy or anything (maybe he was, but I don't think so). So I sat down and like Bryan Adams I played until my fingers bleed. I played for hours upon end, and for the first month it didn't seem like I was getting any better or learning anything. Then it just seemed to click and my learning curve shot up exponentially. My chords finally started sounded like they should, I stopped letting frets buzz, and my fingers got tough. 

So keep at it people. It's all to easy to write yourself and say that you can't do something, but you can. Granted, you may not be the next Jimi Hendrix, but why not be the next Tank? 

I've since sold my black Nova, and I wish I hadn't. Not that it was a stellar guitar, but because it represents an accomplishment that I am really proud of. Hopefully it gave some kid a sense of achievement.

1 comment:

  1. As a person who goes through guitar-playing spurts (though those spurts are usually pretty spaced out) I love this! It does hurt my fingers so bad though.

    Also, I love Tank! Wonder where he's at these days! :)