So being the expert VJ and teacher, I never thought my words would come back to bite me. As in, “the only way to get good is to practice, practice, practice.”
It has been a lifelong goal of mine to someday learn how to strum a guitar without scaring the livestock. My husband of many years has made that possible with a gift card – and I’m into month two of weekly lessons. It’s wonderful! I get the theory, love listening to the instructor (henceforth and in reality called Tommy) explain and expound and strum his guitar. It looks oh so very easy to do.
The truth is I’m so horrible now I’m not even good enough to be bad.
Looking back, I did a blog posting\ several years ago about keeping up with the changes in technology in visual storytelling…and the feeling you get when you can’t do something you know you can. That’s me right now with the six stringed instrument…my fingers either miss the strings or decide to take them all in. Working two hands in two directions trying to control which finger hits which string on the neck of the guitar with my left hand all the while the right hand is attempting to pick out a tune.
So I guess the advice today is to go out and challenge yourself to try something you have no clue about and see how frustrating it can be…makes me look more kindly on newbies and students who are learning how to hold the camera, manually ride focus and iris, get the sequence, correct exposure and good light and clear audio. Piece of cake for me…wish I could say the same for making music with a guitar…