Learning to play the guitar

For years now, one of my life goals has been to learn to play the guitar. It’s my favorite instrument to listen to, regardless of genre – ranchera, metal, acoustic, classical, etc.

Some years back I bought one of those “starter packs” that come with the guitar, a little amp, and some accessories. It was a right-handed guitar. I was worried that there were not enough lessons and tips for left-handed guitarists (which there aren’t, sadly) online, so I decided to try to play as a righty.

It didn’t work out so well. My hands never felt comfortable and it was a frustrating experience. So then I decided to play the guitar as a lefty – by turning the guitar upside down and changing the strings. This was much better, and I made some progress with the basics.

I drifted away from the guitar after a while, though. If I’m being honest, it was because I’m comically impatient and I didn’t feel I was making enough progress.

But now I’m back at it again, and this time my commitment is solid. I decided to go with an acoustic guitar, so I checked online and found myself a cheap yet solid left-handed acoustic. It feels very natural in my hands and I can’t wait to get started learning.

This time it’s gonna happen!

 

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Racists for Trump

I got a chuckle out of a recent SNL skit lambasting Trump’s racist voters. The skit is accurate and rather tame, really, but it’s bold and edgy by the show’s standards. It’s a good sign that they are now willing to point out and mock the hate and absurdity that comes from Trump and his supporters. Still doesn’t excuse them inviting Trump to host the show last year, though. Much of the blame for Trump’s rise can be put squarely on the media’s shoulders. In their fevered chase for ratings, they’ve given a platform to some of the most hateful and damaging elements of America.