I play a wicked mean blues air guitar. Usually after one drink too many. I almost always say upon such occasions, “I could do it if I just knew how.” And I could. I really could. I’m convinced of it. So convinced of it, Santa asked me what I wanted one year and I said, “A guitar.”
Santa brought me a whole kit. Case, stand, picks, tuners, Guitar for Dummies, and other assorted accessories.
I couldn’t tune the damn thing. Tried and tried. I have a good ear, but I can’t figure out how to get the strings to the tension required. I turn the little screws things this way and that to no avail. I use the electronic tuner. I don’t think I’m doing it right.
In desperation, I cleaned my house and invited a musician friend and his wife to dinner. Told him he not only had to sing for his supper, he had to tune my guitar.
He did. He declared it not bad for a cheapie.
After they left, I tried some chords. Damn it’s hard. My old hands may be too arthritic to learn new muscle movements.Continue reading