I need to pay rent and close a bank account with a "merchant alert" (whatever that means). I'd like to cook a few couscous recipes that I have been dying to attempt! I also really really want to find a great guitar teacher and work on improving some technical guitar skills. As you can probably tell, these are all items that are most easily completed at home and not on the road.
I love, love, love being on tour, but the more I day dream about a few weeks off to hibernate in my apartment with some very precious "alone time", the more tours and events seem to be scheduled.
The point is, I don't think I'll see the inside of my bedroom for another few months, and probably will be living either on a bus or in a van for most of 2012. I'm starting to realize that since I'm not going home anytime soon, I'm going to have to figure out creative ways to check off all my "to-do" items while traveling. For instance, I'll have to educate myself on paying utility bills and closing accounts online, and perhaps we will have to stay in an "Extended Stay" one evening to have access to a kitchen. Most of my errands are difficult to complete while traveling, but not impossible… I had to walk seven blocks in sub-zero degree weather (without a scarf because I misplaced it) to a Wells Fargo the other day! I know I say this all the time, but please, never take for granted how easily all of you can cook and drive and do whatever you'd like at your own convenience!
I have decided, because my guitar lessons aren't going to happen anytime soon, I'm going to embark on a journey in the "music learning" arena all by myself using only books, the internet, and my mind. That's how I started playing the guitar, and that is how I will continue learning. Because of the added pressure of all of these really incredible tours that will probably take place this year, as well as the tour we are on right now, I need to be on TOP of my game.
I've decided to post all of my musical discoveries on this blog and to share with you guys how I'm going to "improve" my guitar playing on all levels. I am asked all the time by many of you how I "started playing the guitar", "what method I used: Did I have a teacher or did I teach myself", "How I practice", etc… So, hopefully you can learn something too!
Questions are always welcome, in fact, I believe I might be asking YOU guys some questions I'll have on the way as well.
Basically I've divided my learning syllabus into 6 key areas that I plan on covering daily on my blog:
- Music Theory
- Music History
- Music Today
- Technical Guitar
- Guitar Equipment
Let the learning begin!
P.S. Don't worry. I'm still going to include "stories from the road" and "Chandler the Robot" Jewelry News.