Almost Perfect But Not Quite

I didn’t practice my guitar enough this week because I was ill, but I’m also running up against some other problems.

I’m too much of a perfectionist and I’m having trouble forcing myself to practice when it sounds, frankly, awful. I also don’t seem to get my darn hand to be able to do what I want it to. I keep playing from the wrist, and then I play from my lower knuckles, when I need to play apparently with my actual fingers.

And my fargin’ fingers will not stay nice and curved, but flatten out improperly after just a few seconds of fingerpicking.

More practice would benefit me the most, but apparently instead of trying to learn everything at once, I should play the song first and then focus on alternating my first two fingers.

(We decided I want to learn how to play classical guitar, because although I love the way rock guitar sounds, I really like finger picking best, which is apparently more of a classical guitar thing.)

I also need to learn how to tune the guitar, and we started working on that a little bit tonight. I’m starting to (slightly) be able to tell whether notes are too high or too low, whereas before I could only tell that they were wrong. Being slightly tone-deaf is not going to help me here, but that too probably just requires practice.

Anyway. It’s been interesting and fun so far, and I’m looking forward to being able to play more than six notes. If any of you folks who play the guitar have any advice, please feel free to pass it along.

I need all the help I can get.

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