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It’s been a while. I purchased an electric guitar about two months ago, and from the moment it arrived, I’ve been pretty much playing guitar in my free time. So yes, not much work has been done on SICP in that interval, but I’ve certainly learned a lot about guitar in that time.

Reasons

It seems a bit spontaneous, to me, to decide to pick up guitar, but I’ve had this ache since I got into listening to rock music (~age thirteen) to learn to play guitar. Of course, when I was thirteen I lacked two things. The perseverance to actually keep going with it no matter the boredom, pain, and whatnot, and also the money to actually buy the equipment I needed. That ache has been on the backburner for a while (read 3 years :), but recently, when I began to listen to some really great guitar it was reawakened. Hearing Joe Satriani smash out a solo, or just some meaty power chords from deep purple made me wish I could experience that. So when I decided to get a guitar a couple months ago, I had a clear goal in mind. I knew that I wouldn’t be JS in a month, but what I could do, was have fun! I decided for both cost purposes and the interest of fun to forgo getting professional lessons. I believe this is the right approach, at least for me, because I’m not burdened by the boredom of running through the same exercise fifty times ’til my fingers seize up; I can just grab a tab or two and practise.

The Equipment

It was also in the interest of “fun” that I decided to purchase a Squier Stratocaster electric. There’s just so much more you can do with an electric, and after hearing a lot of my friends recommend it as a good beginners guitar I was set. It was also cheap, only ~$150. I also needed an amp, and after a fair amount of research I decided to get an orange crush 10. Orange make beautiful amps, and my ~$200 solid state amp is testament to that. Of course, the best way to save money is to use eBay, so I bought my gear from there, saved about $50, including postage, of course.

My Amp

My Amp

My Guitar

My Guitar

So, yes, I’ve managed to learn quite a bit in the last two months, and I’ve had a heck of a lot of fun doing it! Guitar is a really great instrument to play; it’s very expressive. It’s quite easy to bend strings, add a bit of tremolo, and you can apply numerous effects to modify your sound. I personally have also got an MXR Carbon Copy delay pedal, for stretching out rhythm pieces, and giving a bit of sustain to reggae sounds.

I’ll leave you with that, my next post will feature a song I’ve composed, and the method I used to record it.

Happy Hacking!

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Posted 21/09/2010 by Emmanuel Jacyna in Uncategorized

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