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My new axe

September 22nd, 2005
Rock On!

So as part of my move to Beijing plan, I bought yet another cheap accoustic guitar. This one is an honest to goodness AXE. I can’t remember what I paid, it was a few hundred RMB. The main selling point was I would get lessons to go along with it. Despite fooling around for a number of years I’m not a very good guitar player, at least in my oppinion. I can play all the major chords plus a bunch more and I’ve gotten the fretboard down when I think… But I hear my mistakes more than I hear what I play correctly.

See it's an AXE

Now I have to get serious. For “To Alice” I have to bridge all six strings on the 7th fret with my index finger, plus use my middle finger to fret the G string on the 8th fret and use my pinkie to play the 11th fret on the E. Needless to say that is a lot to ask of my fingers, my pinkies in particular have suffered from rugby and football but especially from playing soccer goalie in recent years. Before I went to Japan, Sacha asked what finger I would cut off to appease my Yakusa boss, of course I had that all figured out, the pinkie on my right (strumming) hand. I don’t need it for anything when playing the guitar.

As a result of this, in addition to having to practice “To Alice” diligently I have to do finger stretching exercises. I haven’t done any yet today, but I’m strange enough without having to walk down the street doing funny things with my hands. I’m sure this is going to go over big in MBA class too.

My new AXE

Note that it is “A word famous musical instruments”.

Sounding Hole


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