Beginning of an (another?) obsession

Two months ago, I picked up a guitar. I was looking for a hobby to get into that does not involve me sitting in front of the screen. My partner came across an advertisement for an acoustic guitar on Facebook and bought it. Once I got my hands on it, there was no looking back. I was into music big time when I was in school and studied Indian classical music for a while. I even sang (you will not believe it if you hear my voice now, blame puberty). I am obsessed.

After two weeks of playing on the second-hand rusty guitar, I fell in love with the art of creating music. One thing led to another, and I got a Fender Stratocaster. I am hoping this will be the last (such naivety) guitar I buy because that thing is not cheap. For me, it was a simple decision to buy an instrument I would love to play and keep coming back to. A big part of becoming better at playing an instrument is the sheer amount of repetitive practice. I would say that if money is not an issue, go for it otherwise get one you like to play.

The purpose of this post

I digress. Now thatI have started this journey of learning how to play the guitar I wanted to keep a log. It will not be something that will always be correct because I am a noob. Noob is overstating it. I will list down what I find interesting about the process, notes I take down, or I will ramble out of frustration. I am sure someone will find it interesting.

Gear

What am I using? My “gear” so to speak is:

  • Guitar: Fender Stratocaster, the second-hand acoustic I will replace with a better one.
  • Amplifier: Vox Pathfinder 10
  • Instrument Cable: Fender Deluxe Series Instrument Cable
  • Guitar Pick: Jim Dunlop Max-Grip Standard Blue Guitar Pick 12 Pack (1.5mm)
  • Strap: Fender 2 inch Polyester Strap (Black with Red Logo)
  • Guitar Stand: Xtreme Multi Guitar Stand 3

Resources to learn

The resources I am using to learn:

  • Fender Play: A course for beginners by Fender with a gradual increase in skill level.
  • Music Theory (Guitar Method) by Tom Kolb: Teaches music theory with an emphasis on guitar.
  • Guitar Aerobics by Troy Nelson: A series of exercises you do over a year to get better at various skills.

Where do I stand?

I am happy with my progress so far. I have finished two levels of the Fender play app and can make some sounds that have a little semblance of music.

I was reaching a point in the course where not having any grounding in Western music theory hampered my progress. Therefore, I picked up the music theory book (there will be a lot more posts about this). Today, I finally worked through the first two chapters of the Guitar aerobics book. I am also finally playing with a metronome).

This is a good start to this journey, so I will shut up now. For the time being. See you later.