Guitar is Hard

guitar chord diagramsHey, Sam here again. I’m gonna get the others to pitch in on this blog. I don’t want to get stuck as the ONLY one writing entries!

So yeah, guitar is really f***ing hard to learn. But I have to say, I’m making pretty good progress. In total I’ve been playing for 9 months. I’m very comfortable with chords, and am starting to get comfortable with basic soloing, which feels awesome. I got my parents to buy me a guitar last Christmas, I love my guitar I’ll write more about that another time. My parents were also nice enough to sign me up for guitar lessons. I had to go to this guy’s house once a week, and we’d get to learning. The thing is, I’m not sure if my guitar teacher wasn’t very good or what, but I felt like I was making progress faster but he wouldn’t really give me credit for it or want to move along faster. Guess I maybe have a knack for it, who knows. Anyhow I won’t say the teacher’s name here but that whole experience kind of sucked.

I wanted to talk to other people who were serious about starting out learning the guitar, so I found some forums and started doing some research on online guitar lessons. I kind of went into it thinking I was gonna have to pay to get something of quality. I mean, lots of stuff on the internet is free but typically higher quality stuff is not. YouTube lessons have helped me out a little bit. Check out these channels:

These are good for me now that I have 9 months of playing under my belt. Basically I want to figure out how to play a song, or do a specific technique and channels like those might have something. However, they way I was able to make really fast progress in the beginning is by signing up for guitar lesson courses online. I found this site that compared some online electric guitar lessons, and I convinced my parents to spend $20 per month on those rather than $50 per week for my guitar lesson guy. What’s amazing is that I was able to learn at  a much faster pace and move through the lessons whenever I wanted to. No lessons are magic, though, you have to put in the work and practice. I’ve looped the video lessons over and over and over again in order to really nail them down. My sister Tara has been taking a few bass lessons and she compares it to learning a language using Rosetta Stone or something, where you can skim through it to just get it done, or actually do lessons over and over until you really nail them. I feel like I’ve been nailing my guitar lessons and definitely have moved past the total beginner stage.

Song writing is going well, we have 3 songs written, 2 of which we’re kinda happy with. We’re realizing we’re all gonna have to figure out how to get some recordings made, which will be a whole new adventure and hopefully doesn’t mean we have to shell out too much money on buying a ton of gear!!

Go pay for some guitar lessons, PRACTICE, and go start a band. Or do what I did and decide you want to start a band FIRST and then get a bunch of people together who need to learn how to play instruments 😀

Much love

Hello We’re Citywolf

Queens of the Stone AgeHey, Sam here! My friends, sister, and I are starting a band, and thought it would be a fun idea to write down our thoughts as we figure out how this whole band thing works 😉 Hopefully we progress to the point where we release a few songs, and we can turn this blog into our official band website and be able to look back on how we did things in the early days.

Oh I should mention our band name is Citywolfs. There’s not much thought put behind the name, we found one other band named City Wolf – two words – so it’s not quite taken. Also we just thought it sounded cool. I’m gonna design a logo for our band, and it seems like I should be able to do something cool with Citywolfs.

The way we came together is kind of interesting. I’ve actually only recently started playing the electric guitar, it has always been kind of a dream of mine to be a good guitarist and play in front of people in a band. This is going to sound funny but my band mates Travis and Mikey don’t have that much musical talent either. Travis can kind of sing, and by that I mean his voice does not completely suck 😛 I can’t wait until he reads this.  Mikey’s dad plays drums, and Mikey has been messing around on his dad’s kit. He likes it enough to where he can sneak in some practice sessions and be the drummer for our band. We were missing a bass player, and it turns out my sister plays the cello, so she has some musical talent. She has played bass guitar before just messing around with it and actually sounded decent, so I asked her if she wanted to play bass with us and she agreed. Tara and I argue a LOT so this should be interesting!

Starting from scratch learning guitar has been really hard and also really fun. I want to write more about how I’ve gone about learning but I’ll save that for another post – it’s almost time for me to go practice! Travis and I used to make funny rhymes and poems together, so songwriting doesn’t feel too foreign to us. In fact, it’s giving me motivation to learn to play the guitar even faster, since I don’t want my playing to limit the types of styles of songs we can play!

One of our favorite bands is Queens of the Stone Age, so that type of sound is gonna be very influential to us. I need to become as good as Troy Van Leeuwen :-)

OK it’s practice time, peace for now. Next entry hopefully soon. I’ll make a Twitter account for Citywolfs too so you can get updates there.