Seeing musically gifted people these days makes me wonder if I would have been able to play like them upon further pursuing my musical ability, which is basically what motivated me to get my own guitar.  

I really want to improve on my playing, not for a good mark in class, but for my own benefit.

At my trip to Long & McQuade, I was sitting in the little room, contemplating over whether or not I should get a classical guitar or a slightly bigger one with steel strings. The classical guitar would hurt my fingers less, but the sound wouldn’t be as great, while the one with steel strings would provide me with the exact opposite service. This man, in a leather jacket, who had been wandering around the room, trying out an assortment of guitars, stopped by me on his way out. I asked him for his advice, and he was very friendly about helping me choose the right guitar, more so than the guy who actually worked there. The employee had just abandoned me in my haze of confusion.  The strange thing is, I had a feeling that the man in the leather jacket would stroll over to me sometime. He looked like a person in love with music. And I think that is why music is a worldwide medium through which people can communicate and relate to each other. Anyway, I ended up following his advice and getting the guitar with steel strings. When I become as experienced as him, I hope I’ll have a bursting desire to help beginners as well.

Here’s my guitar:


I’ve been putting aside an hour or two each day to practice, usually playing a combination of chords in preparation to playing my first song. When I looked around on the internet yesterday for songs that beginners would have better luck with learning, every site or expert seemed to suggest ‘Free Fallin. The song only uses three of the same chords repeatedly, so I decided to learn this song first!

Although playing a song with only three chords sounds pretty easy, it’s honestly still super hard for me. My short-term goal is to master this song in a week or two.

But, my long-term goal is to be able to play My hope by Paul Baloche on guitar. It is one of my favourite songs, and it sounds beautiful on guitar. The chords are super difficult, but I hope that I’ll be able to play this song by the end of the semester or sooner. Wish me luck!