Sometimes I feel like I go through the same revelations over and over again but with different aspects of it becoming more relevant to me at a certain point in time, because this definitely lines up with my play easy instruments and make them dynamic revelation I had a few months ago. Either way, it’s coming up again, so time to blog about it!
While working on a recent arrangement, I wanted to mess around with guitar chords for it. The guitar VST I got is…well, not that hot (it was really cheap so not surprised) and I started being like I need to learn some basic guitar chords grr grr I’ve had one just sitting around my house for years (seriously, I bought one in 2013 and have touched it maybe twice) when it hit me.
I really don’t want to learn to play guitar.
It’s not that it’s a bad instrument, I love the sound of it. I just have this aversion to learning guitar, that I don’t have with playing piano. To have a strings instrument to strings instrument parallel, I don’t have the same aversion to learning the mountain dulcimer – which is a beautiful sounding, folk instrument that you play like a piano. It’s small, it’s simple, but something about how raw and Americana the sound is just speaks to me in a way that the guitar doesn’t. Or rather, that learning the guitar doesn’t.
I can see myself using it for arrangements, when using guitar is something I have trouble integrating when I think about using it. Will it be easy to integrate? Probably not as easy as I think, but I’m far more open to learning to play the mountain dulcimer than I am the guitar, and I shouldn’t fight that. I learned that the hard way with the recorder: It’s a nice enough instrument, and easy to play, but at the end of the day I really wanted an ocarina, so why did I buy a recorder in the first place? Well, I figured it would be easy to integrate also, which it sort of is but just haven’t found a reason to use it.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is, if you’re going to go the learn to play an instrument route, be sure it’s something you know you’ll really enjoy! If you can, go play one at a music store, but if it’s inexpensive, why not just buy one and see how you like it? Once again with the recorder, I would have always wondered if it was for me if I didn’t buy one. The mountain dulcimer, you can purchase a starter one for 70 dollars or less, so no huge investment to see if I’d like it. Plus, looking at how to play videos makes it look super easy, and it’s in my current comfort zone of instruments I’d feel comfy buying and playing. The last instrument I wanted was a stringed one to get my folksy, indi, one woman band complete, so I think that stringed instrument is going to be the mountain dulcimer as far as physical instruments go. For guitar and other things, I’ll just get virtual ones to use. If only all of these were free, that would make my life easier~
I also know a few people who play guitar, so if I want something more authentic sounding I’ll just ask them to play for me. In fact, I’ve done that for a cover I’ve been wanting to do for years, so I’m majorly pumped for that!