Saturday, November 1, 2008

LRAG-BEG - L#'s 1,2,3,4

The wife and I, (and the kids of course) watched the entire video "Learn Rock Acoustic Guitar" two times through last night before getting serious with it this morning. And as I had stated in a comment over at the Rock House Blog . The wife got so "overly-excited" about the thought of me getting back into music, that she hooked me up after the kids went to bed. And for that, I am forever a John McCarthy fan! LOL

  • Lesson 1 dealt with "Parts of the Guitar", which if you saw the "Ground Zero" video, that turned out to be the best place to start for me. (It's kinda nice to know what it is you are playing before you actually start.) So now I actually know all about my guitar! Who'da thunk?
  • Lesson 2 discussed "Holding the Guitar and Pick". And like drumming, knowing how to hold the sticks (The guitar in this case) actually makes all the world of a difference! (trust me, holding the sticks foolishly will come back to bite you later on, so I was more than appreciative to get the guitar right from the git-go.)
  • Lesson 3 gave me the "Names of the open strings". Yet again, quite invaluable for someone who doesn't know his ass from a soundhole in the body! And believe me, I will be spending quite a bit of time here in the beginning lessons, as I damn well know that memorizing the names of the strings, as well as the upcoming chords will come back to bite me if I don't get it done before moving on. So I expect this to be a very long process. For those of you reading, you had better prepare for a long haul before you really see me get anywhere. I am the anal type, and need to be %103.5 sure I have it down before even moving on.
  • Lesson 4 was a "Chord chart explanation". And that was nice to have. I would imagine that it probably helps a hella lot to be able to read the charts and the tab if you ever plan on getting past the first day!
I went through the "Bonus Features" and found out about Guitar Care: String changing, String care, Effects of humidity, Travel & Storage. More of everything I needed to know from the gate. Humidity wise, I will need to take that into account because of our weather conditions here, so a humidifier is a purchase coming very soon. The "Video Chord Chart" is great to have in that section as well, along with the 3 exercises from the "Hands of Steel" DVD that are included at no extra charge. Granted, it is no where's near the content of the "Hands of Steel" DVD, but to have those three as a bonus only adds to the value of the teaching!

I went online to download my free tuner and metronome, as well as look over some of the other information there to go with the lessons. An invaluable resource indeed. Kinda makes ya wonder why this whole outfit is only $20.00? I would have paid twice or three times as much for it. (Don't get any cute ideas RH, I am already sold on the twenty bones, so don't go raising it anytime soon!) I popped into the "RH Classroom" as well, and there is still a grip of stuff there for me over and above what is on the DVD. Again, an infreakingvaluable resource! At this point, I wouldn't take "Private Lessons" if they were offered to me for free. And the forums contain more information then I will probably ever be able to absorb anytime soon.


Chessbumbus said...

You have a nice blog here!
In case you are interested in chess:
My site:
Im happy to do link exchange with your blog also...

Best regards,

Anonymous said...

Absolutely got a kick out of reading your blog! Welcome to the Rock House family! I'll check back on a regular basis to see how things are progressing. Be sure to let us know if there is anything we can do to help you along on your musical journey! Music is the Answer! Flash 57

sarge1875 said...

Your off to a good start there Old Man. If you need anything email me.

The Old Man said...

Thanx 4 the comments. I will contact you about that link gambiter, as I am a Chess fan. And I do hope to see you at the RHM site Anon, and you will be the first I email Sarge when I need advice, and or help. :-)

Anonymous said...

Hey I'm glad I could help you get hooked up with your wife! See the hype about learning to play guitar is everything it was built up to be!

Sounds like you are really taking advantage of all the tools that we have created to help people learn fast and effectively! Cheers to you on your acomplishments so far and plase keep us posted with your progress!!

Rock on....John McCarthy

The Old Man said...


I owe ya one!

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