Special skill

Have you ever wished you had a special skill that you could have developed? And I don’t mean a special skill like being invisible or x-ray vision, but something real and tangible, like being able to fix drywall without seeing the seams or being a good runner or being the guy who always wins at foosball. (I hate that guy)

Ever since I started getting into music when I was 12 or 13 I wished I could play the guitar. You would think playing the guitar is something that someone could train themselves to be good at. And you are right, if you’re the right person. I, unfortunately, am not. I have no musical talent. None at all. Zero. I can listen to music and that’s about as far as it goes. I do a good job at karaoke, but then the point of that is to be funny, not really serious. (I hate the people who get on karaoke and sing like they are on Star Search. Get a life) I can not carry a tune. I can’t read sheet music. I can’t do anything musical. I can only sometimes carry a beat. Yes, you heard me right. Only sometimes can I carry a beat, and usually that’s when it’s painfully obvious what the beat is or my wife starts out the beat for me. Frankly, I doubt I have enough patience to learn. I’m not the kind of person who sits around and can practice, practice, practice. I guess that’s why I’ve never tried. (I’ve also never really wanted to pay for lessons) This practice thing is probably why I quit doing a lot of stuff now that I think about it…

I abhor the idea of paying for a guitar and then sucking and then I have to look at this guitar for the rest of eternity. Or all that wasted money on lessons? No way. I can’t stomach it. Better to not try than fail and have to see my failure all the time.

But playing the guitar would be so awesome. Maybe I think it would be great because I SOOO love guitar music. Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Van Halen, G’N’R, Lynard Skynard, Jimi, Joplin, Eagles, CCR, Don Mclean and all the others from the 60s, 70s and 80s. The heyday of the guitar gods. Oh man, that music was awesome. Back before everything is prepackaged and gift wrapped for our use. I have day dreams sitting around ripping off a nice little Pride and Joy riff or picking up a guitar I see lying around and setting up a little Freebird. Man, those are great dreams. Someday maybe I’ll do something about that.



2 responses to “Special skill

  1. Its funny you wrote about that Matt. I am actually going to a small store to buy cheap guitar tonight after school. 20,000 Won($20) Nathan is going to help me to learn a little.

  2. Go to it, dude! You can learn it! I’m in the same boat. I got an acoustic as a gift and just started plugging a away with a book. Was so stoked when I learned how to tune the damn thing. Nothing like learning something new to keep you humble and bring a sense of accomplishment.

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