Thursday, June 7, 2012

I Learned How to Play the Guitar, and So Can You

75% of that title is 100% true. I learned how to play several notes on the guitar, and you can absolutely learn those same notes too. But this isn't a post about how my ring finger is way too small to master a G chord or how I now hate John Mayer slightly less because playing the guitar is way harder than I thought.

This is a post about how I came upon a $40 guitar lesson, 10 blocks from my office after 60 seconds of online searching. It's all thanks to a new website called

How it Work: (their words, but I concur)

"Skilloop makes it simple and safe to connect with real people in your community who can teach you just about anything you want to learn.

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My expert - Derek (book him!!) - was incredibly skilled, incredibly patient, and laughed at almost all my jokes. I picked the song Blackbird by The Beatles, and we made it through every key chord in the song before my lesson was up.  Can I play those chords quickly in succession to create what sounds like a song, no, but it's way more progress than I thought I'd make on the first day of holding a guitar.

Once the tips of my fingers heal, I fully intend to ask my parents for a guitar for my birthday and start up regular lessons. R & I have a fire pit in the back yard now, so I feel obligated to learn how to play full songs so we can create a proper ambiance for our dinner guests.

Below - if you're not totally convinced already - is a video of yours truly on my very first guitar lesson. Full disclosure, this video happened because I know some of the fine people involved in this very fine start-up, but please know that they did not pay me to write this post.

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  1. Intresting....
    "After you watch, find out how YOU can WIN a free lesson" ... heart touching
    Life makes it...