So I’m Trying to Learn Guitar

So I’m Trying to Learn Guitar

Hello Rebel

So I’ve been learning guitar since I got one for my birthday in March, and let me tell you, it’s HAAARD.

Like, many months later, I can almost but not quite play ONE SONG, and it’s a very, very easy song to play.

It’s Everlong by the Foo Fighters. Just very very easy.

And I can’t even TOTALLY play it!

You know what’s freaking impossible? Chord changes. They’re just. Argh.

Like I can play a G chord, right? That sounds good, right?

And I can play a C chord. That’s easy. See? There it is.

But switching from a G to a C? Like … that. Look how long that takes me. Argh!

I don’t know exactly what I was expecting. I mean, I didn’t think I’d pick up a guitar and just immediately be Jimmi Hendrix. You know? I knew that wasn’t going to happen.

But it is, like, going incredibly frustratingly slow.

You see these people who are like, “Yeah, I’ve been playing for ten years.” “I’ve been playing since I was six.”

And they’re really good. Obviously. I never even really planned to be as good as someone like that.

But I thought it would be easier to reach, like, at least a base level of competence.

Haha. Base. Like bass! A bass guitar? Eh.

There are some songs I’ve wanted to create for years. And to this day, I still sometimes come up with song ideas and scribble some lyrics.

And here’s the thing: I can come up with melodies for those songs pretty easily!

I mean, I studied music in high school, I was in musicals, I was in choir.

And I thought that would sort of naturally translate, but the guitar … the freaking guitar!

Now I know where my daughter gets her impatience from.

So I keep at it, not every single day but almost every single day, and hopefully one day I’ll be good enough to at least PERFORM some music, even if I’m still a long way off from writing it.

I hope that one day I’ll be as good at writing and playing music as I am at composing and writing words, and that I’ll be able to use a guitar as easily as I can use a computer keyboard.

Because I think it’s important to do new things. To try new forms of creativity. To acquire new skills. Life can get pretty boring without them.

Thanks for watching, Rebel!

Garrett Robinson

Over 100,000 readers have read and loved Garrett's books, like the fantasy hits Nightblade and Midrealm. He's also a film festival favorite with movies like Unsaid, and a tech guru who posts lots of helpful how-tos for writers and filmmakers over at

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