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phil ochs troubador

Ladies, don't believe what a bad fella tells you, though his eyes be blue or brown--

Gotta figure out what I'm doing wrong with the way I'm holding my left wrist before I do myself a permanent injury. Or maybe it's just training the muscles to adapt to that position. Or, you know, I could start actually using the stool when I practice. That might be smart.

My big triumphs for today: I managed to switch between strumming patterns without bitching it up completely, I got a F major to ring almost clearly (once, out of about twenty tries), and I managed to count beats, sing, handle chord changes, and strum for about four whole bars simultaneously. Admittedly, the song in question was "Horse with no Name," which might in fact be too simple to actually count as a song for any practical purposes, consisting of two chords which involve shifting two fingers exactly one string. But I will take what I can get.

What's interesting is that, in learning a new skill as an adult, I can *see* myself learning. The other day, driving to archery practice, I caught myself humming along to a strumming pattern of a song that was on the radio. A month ago, I wouldn't even have noticed that, but my brain knows what it is now and is paying attention. That's kind of neat. I like it when I catch my brain working. It's interesting.

Well, okay, I have three hours before I have to be in Glastonbury. I guess I should write.

Why *is* this damned novelette/novella taking so long? You would think I would be done now: it seems like I've been writing it for weeks.

Oh, right: there was a convention in the middle there, wasn't there?

...guess I also better figure out what happens next....

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Try Indigo Girl's "Closer to Fine" next. The simple way to play it (the only way I know!) leaves your pinky and ring finger in the same place and then dances the other two fingers around a little. It's fun, sounds good, and gives you a greater rang of chords than you might expect.

And don't feel bad about the F-major. Barre chords SUCK! I've played guitar off and on for years, and I sinclerely doubt that my success rate for ANY barre chord is 1 in 20. Maybe more like 1 in 100.
I might just! Thanks!
It may help if you can catch what you do when you think about playing (that is, what happens in the moment before you start).

For lots about that sort of thing, I recommend Kenny Werner's _Effortless Mastery_, which is about getting out of your own way while playing music.
I'm getting a lot of vicarious pleasure following your progress.

And none of the blood/sweat/tears.

U mentioned take it easy...I seem to remember 'Lyin' Eyes' is pretty easy as Eagles go. Chord/vocal rhythm tiny bit tricky in chorus, but verses easy.

sorry clipped typing, using 1 finger...
owie....