I've always been more of a creative type person, which is why I'm 100% sure that I will never ever fit into the "corporate world," nor do I want to do so. Yuck.
I'm probably of the few people who really gets into the music. I mean really really gets into it. I listen to the lyrics, melody, the instruments (whether it be piano or guitar), the technicality, etc. I take it all in. Every bit of it.
Music and the arts has been a part of my life ever since I was extremely little.
When I was three years old, I started ballet.
When I was five years old, I started taking piano lessons.
When I was seven years old, I started taking tap and jazz (think dance team routines or hip hop routines).
When I was in fifth or sixth grade, I took voice lessons and joined the school choir.
As someone who usually gives up after failing at something or not trying hard enough, I stayed with every single one of these activities.
I took ballet, tap, and jazz for many years, but quit ballet at age ten or so. I wasn't allowed to move up to pointe (even though I was ready), so I quit. Ballet really wasn't my thing. I was drawn more to tap and jazz, since it was more contemporary, energetic, and fresh. I continued taking tap and jazz, until age nineteen. All together, I took dance for sixteen years.
I started piano at age five and continued until age eighteen. My teacher only teaches those ages, so once I graduated high school, I no longer took lessons. I was actually the first student of hers that had taken it continuously all of those years (13 years of lessons). Saying that I've been playing for twenty-two years makes me feel really old. Piano came easy to me. I knew how to read music. I knew music theory. I absolutely loved it, especially when I got to play what I wanted. During my lessons, I had required lessons to practice. If you didn't practice, it was noticed. You can't fake it, if you don't know how to play it. Trust me, it's embarrassing going into a lesson without being prepared. Practice makes perfect. For thirteen years, I practiced minimum thirty minutes for at least five days a week.
Don't get me wrong, I hated to practice. In fact, when I was five, I only had a keyboard. I found out how to record my lesson, so I wouldn't have to actually practice. Well, I got busted. Right after that, my parents bought me a piano. I couldn't really outsmart them, because it wasn't an electronic piano.
I took voice lessons for two summers. With choir, I continued to sing from fifth or sixth grade until my senior year in college. I even got scholarship money each semester for being in choir. Altogether, my choir career lasted about eleven years.
Despite all of this, I always had a desire for guitar. It's been sort of a long journey.
When I was fifteen years old, my mom bought me a cheaper guitar to learn on and let me have lessons. The teacher wasn't from my area, so I only got one lesson. After the lesson, I didn't really hear much from him. I didn't follow up, so I just kind of let it go. My dream fizzled. During that time, I thought about teaching myself, but I would much rather have learned from a teacher. Fast forward to about five years later, I took more lessons. This time, it was a group lesson that only lasted for six weeks. It wasn't nearly enough time or enough one-on-one time to actually learn. I was still bummed.
I was extremely jealous of those who could play. I love that people can pick up a guitar and just play. Sure, I can do that piano (if I have the music). Still. Guitar is such a portable instrument that you can take basically anywhere. What absolutely kills me is that people make it look so incredibly easy. I'm sure non piano players can say the same thing about piano.
Once again, fast forward to the fall of 2012. I was still wanting to learn how to play guitar. I just couldn't let my life pass without fulfilling one of my dreams. I started watching "The Voice" (again) and my love of guitar returned. I put a guitar on my Christmas wishlist, and my husband bought it for me. I chose the Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat (acoustic-electric), which is the same guitar that Cassadee Pope (winner of "The Voice" and former member of the band, Hey Monday) uses.
Finally, here we are in 2013. I picked it up the other day, and by doing so, my husband wanted to pick it back up again. He then ordered a cheap electric guitar with an amp for him, along with the Xbox 360 game, Rocksmith. I know it may seem hokey to learn by a video game. However, my husband knew someone personally that used it and was able to learn how to play in three months. We are talking incredible improvement and legit playing. With the game, you use your own guitar. The game picks the level of difficulty based on how well you are doing. In addition to the game, we are going to use numerous helpful Youtube videos and a couple of apps we have for our iPads.
I can't wait until Rocksmith comes in and actually see how it works in action!
"Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you'll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you're gonna be rewarded." -Jimi Hendrix