It’s been a busy week (and will be a busier weekend), so I’m hitting the wayback machine up for some older material to tide the blog over ’til Monday, when I should have some new material finished.
A few months back, I finally sucked it up and invested in a 6-string guitar (after more than a year of complaining that only 4 strings would do). I had always been intimidated by traditional guitars. I had tried to learn how to play one when I was in high school, and at the time I just didn’t get anywhere with it — it was too much neck, too many strings, and just too hard for me to figure out on my own (I didn’t have the good sense to ask for lessons). I finally came back to learning it now, as a Woman of a Certain Age, after a year or so on the tenor guitar got my hand in shape. I tried to play my crappy little baby 6-string guitar, and discovered that I could actually do something with it.
So I got myself a decent beater of an entry-level Epiphone dreadnought, gave myself a crash course on chord shapes for 6 strings, and started looking for songs to learn. I adapted a few of the tunes I had already learned on the tenor, but what really turned out to be satisfying was trying songs on the 6-string that simply hadn’t sounded that good on the tenor. On the Epiphone, some songs just sounded fuller.
The first song I attempted to record with the Epiphone was another Lynn Miles tune that I really like, “Black Flowers.” I couldn’t (and can’t yet) play it quite the way she does, and the key she sings in is really a bit too high for me, so I adapted it a bit. The sound is just whatever the Flip picked up (so, kind of obnoxious), but it didn’t turn out too badly for a first try.