Why I decided to learn guitar

My freshman year of college I found myself with a lot of free time. I would get done with classes around 1pm and would have really nothing to do for the remainder of the day. Obviously I could do my homework and get a head start on my classes but why would I want to do meaningless problems for Business Statistics when I could do something more interesting?

My friends are in a pretty successful band that has achieved twenty-one thousand monthly listeners on Spotify, and my roommate just so happened to play guitar as well. I played piano for around seven years growing up, so I already had the basic knowledge needed to learn any instrument. I decided instead of using Netflix to pass the tedious hours of the week, I would better myself by learning something new.

I started my guitar playing journey by learning the eight most used chords: C, A, G, E, D, Am, Em, Dm. After a couple weeks of practicing these chords I began to get the hang of it so I decided to start learning songs. The first song that I learned on the guitar was “A Horse with No Name” by America. I chose to learn this song because it is very easy to play and it is a classic, it deserved to be number one. After learning a few more easy songs I decided I would try and make my own song. I decided that the best way to write a song is to just start playing, so that’s exactly what I did. After a couple weeks went by I stopped writing my song and decided to further my guitar mechanics. I have yet to finish the song because I feel like some stories don’t necessarily need an ending.

I chose to learn guitar because it gave me something to do, it gave me something to learn, it gave me a new hobby and I encourage all of you to pick up an instrument and just give it a try. I am still by no means Jimi Hendrix or Eric Clapton but I can say that I play guitar, and that’s pretty cool too.

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