Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Alert The Neighbors!

Heaven help us all....Mike and his Son have instruments and only one of them really knows how to use em! :-)

Monday, December 24, 2007

Here is hoping that all of you have a wonderful christmas
Mike & Family

Tuesday, December 18, 2007


I have learned to play with a pick ( no thumb blisters!) and have learned my first song. " Love Me Tender. Granted, its not at a breakneck pace, and I hit clinkers...but it makes me smile to hit a few notes in a row! Enjoying the journey and not trying to get too frustrated too quick!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Baby Steps

Ok, this wont be a daily update kind of thing but thought I would share my progress. I bought a piece of software called "Teach yourself guitar" ( uh huh, I bought it just because of its very creative name!) and its a great way to start off learning.

I spent about 2 hours last night learning how to play my first notes and putting those notes into a couple of songs. The nice thing is that you get to play with a prerecorded track that you can slow down and speed up according to your skill level. Granted, I only learned on the high E string and played only about 3 frets, but still very fun to me.

I guess its all about just getting rolling and putting in the time. I think I am gonna like this!

Plus...I have a nice blister on my strumming thumb. Ahhhh progress!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

The final choice!

Decided to ditch the starter pack in a box concept and just get a guitar that "spoke to me"! :-)

Its a Samick Torino TR1 . A much cheaper ( and yet not a crappy version) version of the Gibson SG. I have always loved the look of that guitar and was thrilled to find a decent priced one.

In the end. I spent about $25 more than the starter Laguna in a box. Got the same fun amp and had the sales guy throw in the other stuff that I would have got in the box. I spent tonight just fooling around with the amp and the tone. I really wish I would have done this about 20 years ago, but the moment is now and I aint gonna look back! :-) ( thanks no interest financing for giving me the excuse to get it early!)

I am happy with my choice, and that is all that matters at this point.

Ps- Look on the upper left top. Kinda looks like mine. Dont think I can leap like Pete or dream of playing like him....but still ....very fun to hit some power cords and enjoy the roof rattling power!