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I've realized in the last few years that somewhere along the line my ear has significantly improved. When I was in high school and desperate to sing, I was the victim of a terrible ear for pitch, tone, and key -- but as I've gotten older, I can actually finally hear these things. I've come to understand why the teachers were seemingly unkind to me, any why I never advanced much in choir. They were as good to me as they could be, considering. I have a "nice little voice." But I really can't carry a tune. Thus I went from trying to sing to reviewing those who can. The revenge of the thwarted would-be artist.

In any case, as I listen to other folks' singing, I've gotten to where I really can hear things, and I notice often when I listen to songs or albums I haven't listened to in years that now I hear stuff I never noticed before -- for example, today I listened to the soundtrack for Yellow Submarine and I actually heard layers of sound I'd never heard nor appreciated before. I always knew George Harrison was a guitar god -- I just never really listened to what his guitar gave to a tune. I always liked the Beatles when I was young, but now I know WHY.

I can talk turkey with actual musicians and know what I'm talking about. Maybe it's finally time to take serious guitar lessons.


Nov. 8th, 2004 04:15 pm (UTC)
Guitar lessons
You should definitely go for it! I took guitar lessons for awhile, until we moved up the Washington state and away from my guitar instructor. I had a lot of fun with it... even though I started lessons not long after I finally quit biting my fingernails (something I'd done my entire life). So, I'd finally gotten to a point where I was capable of growing my nails out, and I'd taken up a hobby that required me to trim them almost completely down. :-) It was not something I'd thought would ever be a problem.

This reminds me, though, that I've been meaning to start piano lessons for awhile now, but keep being out of town and forgetting to call my prospective instructor when I *am* here.
Nov. 8th, 2004 07:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Guitar lessons
Yes, yes! I want to do just that. It's been a combination of money (lack of) and a serious case of procrastination on my part. I've come far as I can being self-taught, now I need someone to help me with the harder stuff (like bar chords).

Maybe I'll really do it this time, maybe after the holidays. :)
Nov. 8th, 2004 08:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Guitar lessons
Yay, you! Go for it! Bar chords are evil...

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