I Tried To Play Guitar. Here’s What Happened

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If You Play It, They Will Come

Two years ago, I bought my daughter—then 9 years old, and into Taylor Swift—a guitar for Christmas. She opened it and seemed super excited! I strummed around a bit (pretending to play backup for Taylor), and I think I might have enjoyed it more than she did!

Then I thought, why don’t I get a guitar for myself and we can learn together?

OK so looking back on it, it was a dumb idea, and 1 guitar in the family would have sufficed. Especially since we were two very green novices (one being 9 years old).

Let’s be real, when was the last time an American 9 year old stuck with anything for more than a few weeks that didn’t start with an “i” or end in “app”?

Fast forward two years later, those two shiny new guitars still sit in the closet, gathering dust.

Well, as part of my 1825 bucket list challenge, I decided to learn to play the guitar. Who knows, in 10 years I could be playing in bars along the French Riviera!

One can dream.

Where to begin? Should I find a guitar teacher in town? Nope, not that serious and not really wanting that much criticism.

How about an online guitar teacher? Nah, don’t think I’m that serious either – and I’m cheap. I still need less.

Is there an app for that? Bingo – guitar lessons via the Apple app store! There are quite a few different apps available, but like I mentioned before—cheap and not fully committed—so I needed something that would allow me to dabble in the kiddie pool of this craft.

Enter Yousician. An app that has guitar lessons (+ piano, bass, and ukulele) that I can do on my own time, at my own pace. Not to mention, you can use the basic version for free! Basically that means I can only practice 10 minutes a day, but that just so happens to be perfect for me.

A Star Is Born (well, sort of )

After downloading the app and “setting the stage”, I picked up the guitar, ready for my first Yousician lesson. Instantly, I became Joan Jett (in my head), leading the Blackhearts on tour. I sounded amazing (in my head), and my adoring fans (my dog) were going wild!


What I sounded like (in my head):


What I actually sounded like:


Back to reality – I’m just learning to strum, but I am well on my way to the French Riviera! Next time, I’ll bring you up to speed on my French lessons (spoiler alert, they’re going just as well).

Have you stepped outside the box lately to learn something new? Tell me about it! If not, there’s no time like the present. Start your journey with a short bucket list and go from there! I’ve got a free 14-day challenge to help get your juices flowing:

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