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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Obnoxious Corrections

Current mood: confused

I'm sure that we have all either seen or posted a comment that has a green box around it. These are corrections, and they are very helpful. Some people even put at the tops of their tabs, "Feel free to post corrections in the comments and I'll edit it as soon as I can." 
And they do. It's a good system, and it works. But what really annoys me is the length of the corrections. I have seen comments, I kid you not, nearly as long as the tab itself. 
You know who you are, if you're reading this. You leave corrections that are a full verse. It is so annoying.
And yes, it's okay to leave the occasional minor comment noting on the missed chord or the incorrect lyric. But if there are really so many mistakes that you have to completely rewrite the song, then just use another tab! And if there's no correct tab, then post your own! Really. I would consider that common sense, but maybe that's just me...
 ___    _   _    ____
l     l l   ll   l  l  __l
l ---    l     /   l  _l
l___l    l   l    l___l
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Friday, March 08, 2013

Capos (And My Lack of One)

Current mood: aggravated

Oh, capos. So crucial to so many songs, so important to have as a tool to improve your guitar skills. And yet, somehow, I've managed to survive in the musical world without one. 
How have you done so, Cat?
Thanks for asking. I don't know.
But it probably had something to do with that helpful transpose little button up in the top left corner of every song tab (chords); yes, it also has something to do with the fact that I don't really care if the version I'm playing is in the same key as the original song. 
What's the point of this blog, Cat?
Right. I'll get to the point.
So, about a week ago (today is March 8, 2013) I began taking a Beginner's Guitar elective class in school, and when they say beginner, they mean, like, the majority of the class doesn't know whether their guitar is acoustic or electric. Honestly. But anyway, they finally figured it out, and the principal decided that if we can learn it in time, she wants some of us to play "Wavin' Flag" by K'naan in front of the whole school for an assembly.
Which would be fine, except for, I DON'T HAVE A CAPO!
But Cat, Wavin' Flag doesn't need a capo.
Well, it does in my music teacher's version. She decided that F was too hard for mere beginners to play, so she decided to move it up and put a capo on the 5th fret.
Which would be fine, except for, I DON'T HAVE A CAPO!
So now, I HAVE to get one. So far, I've been able to get by by transposing, but I'm finally out of excuses...
Okay. Now I'm going to learn a song. "Wavin' Flag," to be exact. And I'm going to learn the strumming pattern, and the tempo, and the chords...
Ah, who am kidding?

P.S. Shoutout to Christy(heart)Twilight, who told me to get a capo and told me how to transpose in the first place, and who is probably the only one who will read this blog.
 Hi, Christy. :wavey:

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Info Paranoia

Current mood: weird

Okay, so, the other day, I went and looked up a tab. It was pretty good, simple, etc. A few songs later, I thought that, again, this was a great tab. And it happened again. So I checked the contributor on all three, and they were all the same person. I thought, "Oh, okay, I'll ask to be this guy's friend." So I went and checked his profile. There was no city, state, country, job, education, email,or even pictures.
My first thought was, ":no: Can't be this dude's friend, I don't know who he is." You know why, because there's all the creepers and stalkers and stuff out there who don't have their info.
But...then there's also the people like me, who are just paranoid about putting all their personal stuff online. I mean, think about it, you always hear about where people have posted certain pictures and gotten their life ruined.
So, I guess all I'm trying to say is, don't trust everyone out there, but just because my profile completeness is only 17%, doesn't automatically make me a stalker.

Well, bye!!!!!:wavey:
(I'm not a stalker, BTW.)
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Thursday, January 17, 2013

In the Beginning

Current mood: Optimistically determined

When I first started out at guitar, my teacher told me I was advanced for my level (beginner). I was proud of myself :D .  I think that the finger dexterity came from playing piano for three years before that. 
Anyway, in the beginning, I learned all the basic exercises, like how to pull-offs and harmonics and bar chords (which I still have trouble with, BTW). Then I learned my first song. It was The Way I Am by Ingrid Michaelson.
And I...was...hooked.
It was so cool. Once I knew the four chords and simple strumming pattern to that song,  I felt umstoppable. I learned song after song after song.
And I still am. And actually, it was only the summer of 2012 I began playing. So I can't be giving out advice like I'm a pro.
But I'm just saying, for all you beginners, once you get that first song, it's amazing. You'll feel like you're moving mountains.

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