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01 March 2006

come as you are

so, the mech TA onsite is east african, lived in india as a child, and has been a UK resident for most of his life. not sure what that has to do with anything. either way, he's a cool guy, smart as hell, always taking another course, etc., but he rarely comes to the bar. in that, he goes to the TINY gym in town and then wanders about to see what is out there.

two days back, emma and i went to a bookstore he'd found earlier in the week. it's not bad, not much for fiction, a lot of personal improvement books and technical books for the locals to use to get the hell outta here. i bought the HTML book the last excitation guy took with him by accident, and a Java book, and an AutoCad book (i got the program, i might as well learn how to use it). anyways, on the way back to the hotel in the auto-rickshaw, i realized we were near the music shop i bought my violin at earlier in the year. we stopped and looked at their guitars. emma knows how to play and it was about $45, not too bad. got some spare strings and three picks. i have Esteban's how-to book and a nirvana music book along with an evanescence book. i have the esteban book from the FIRST guitar i bought in the states. i brought it over in august and it got smashed to bits by lufthansa on the way here. i left it in hyderabad but took the books.

so emma came to my big pimpin' room last night to give me a guitar lesson. damn these chubby fingers. it is tough, i learned a C, a G i think, and an A. i tried em over and over, and was doing better than awful. my fingers move down a string no problem but when i move em up, they all go to the same string, don't know why. but then she found that the opening notes to "come as you are" by nirvana are one string at a time... excellent. so i played that for 15-20 minutes. i can almost do it right. THAT is what i need to get me to want to keep playing. just playing random notes is boring (i know, i know, crawl before you walk) but still. it's cool i can play some nirvana kinda. gonna practice some more tonight. btw, my fingers hurt, well... they hurt last night, today they are just a bit numb.

wish me luck, i'll be coming to a stadium near you in the spring.

5 Comments:

Blogger Mike T said...

Rock on Z. I'll be there with my lighter in the air at your first show. Dude with your long hair you should be a guitar player not a mech engineer. When I was down OU my roomie Jim played guitar (sort of). He tried to teach me a few cords, but I didn't have the patience to learn so I switched back to air guitar, which I learned how to play thanks to Beavis and Butthead.

8:32 AM, March 01, 2006  
Anonymous mom2 said...

zac so glad you are keeping up with all your instruments...you are the bomb as they say....seems liken you never stop wanting to learn something new...when you get home this time i would like to start you on the dulcimer...i'm quite good on that..it may be an indian instrument i think...we will rock... take care and your package will be on its way...got you what you requested and a few surprises...love you mom 2

4:14 PM, March 01, 2006  
Anonymous themom said...

oh baby - don't hurt the stublets on the ends of your hands. just think of all the instruments left for you to learn, and to think jean is going to teach you the dulcimer, WILL WONDERS NEVER CEASE?!?!?

XXXOOO

9:30 PM, March 01, 2006  
Blogger The daughter said...

of course you would be the one who leaves a sophisticated remark about the Lamborghini page. It is a beautiful car and I know you love those cars. the cars you mention are of course those to drool over.
xoxo

1:55 PM, March 02, 2006  
Blogger Rob said...

Hi,

Nice blog! I see you play guitar. You should come check out my blog! I post a lot of lessons and tips for guitar players. Here's the link:

A Guitar Teacher's Lesson Notebook

Feel free to comment, link to my site, and use any of the materials on my site. For instance, I've got tons of chord charts here:

Guitar Chords and Tabs

Hope you like it,

Rob

9:37 PM, October 01, 2006  

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