Amazing! Has it really been over 5 months since I last posted anything on my blog? Well, obviously it has or I wouldn’t have made note of it.
My only explanation is that I’m retired and I have a plethora of interests, all of which are now bidding for my time and attention. What I’m finding is that the manner in which all of these competing interests are prioritized is in a state of slow, but constant flux. That which is dominating my attention span this month will, in all likelihood, take a back seat to another of my varied interests next month. And on and on and on…..
So, what are these competing interests? In no particular order (because in a very short period of time, the ranking will have changed anyway), they are:
- Blogging (I gave this one top billing because at the moment I am…)
- Photography (with the following subsets)
- Videography – taking home movies to a whole new level in the digital age
- Reading – mainly fiction
- Amateur radio – also known as Ham radio
- Talking around the world from the spare room upstairs
- Learning to play the guitar
At the moment, learning to play the guitar has really taken over and supplanted all of the others on the list.
From the age of 9, I’ve had a desire to learn to play the guitar. Unfortunately at that early stage of my life, I was unable to gain any traction in obtaining support from my parents in pursuing that goal. I’m not really complaining, that was just the way it was back then, but the desire to learn guitar never left me.
During my college years, I came into possession of two guitars, an old Silverstone electric and a bargain basement acoustic. As I recall, I traded a .22 rifle for one of them and a set of Koss stereo headphones for the other. I spent many hours plucking on them both, learning to play short riffs from popular songs, but never seriously attempting to learn more than that.
Roughly 45 years later and a little over a year into my retirement, two things happened. 1) I decided that I now had the time to dedicate to the objective of learning to play the guitar, and 2) I discovered several on-line resources which provide very instructive guitar lessons. I settled on JustinGuitar.com and can strongly recommend his site and lessons to anyone with similar interests to mine.
Both the old electric and acoustic guitars are still in my possession, but have been mothballed in favor of a new Yamaha acoustic.
I’m a month and a half into following Justin’s beginner lessons and I now know how to play all of the 8 standard open chords. Sadly, through all my years of free-style plucking, I never bothered to learn how to play a single chord. I also can play several songs well enough that if you listen carefully, you can probably recognize what I’m playing.
That may not seem like much of an accomplishment, but for someone who has wanted to be able to do just that, this is huge!
So yeah, in answer to my original question – it’s great to have too much time on my hands