Afternoon promenade.

IMG_3061Today was my day-off, so after I finished my regular workouts at the gym I decided to take a walk to enjoy the mild weather and to refresh my exhausted spirit… I think it did me good because I felt hopeful and uplifting. The foliage of the tress have become yellow and even red, creating a pensive and relaxing atmosphere so fit to autumn.

What I like about this picture is its mood; solitude, peacefulness, and a certain feeling of nostalgia… It reminds me of my high school days in Korea one of which I used to sit on a bench in the school ground during my afternoon break with friends and talk about some funny things about our teachers. How dearly I miss those memories…

IMG_3067Nature is a great therapeutic remedy when it comes to making our minds at ease and composing our emotions and feelings serenely. Sometimes we need to be alone, not in the sense of complete estrangement from social interactions but of reflecting the results from such social interactions in our daily lives to internalize what should benefit us the most to live a meaningful life.

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The wonder of nature never ceases me when I look at how the leaves of the trees turn their hues according to each season. And the colors are very naturally beautiful to appreciate in the eyes of the beholders.

The afternoon promenade beginning with a certain blues in me ended with recollected thoughts on me, the life, and the world with brighter colors. As long as this world exists as I saw it this afternoon, then it is not that bad to live after all.

 

No Milk Today by Herman’s Hermits

I like 60s music because of easy and simple but catchy tunes and unscrupulous lyrics. Accordingly, one of my favorite song is “No Milk Today” By Herman’s Hermits. The guitar chords are relatively easy to play, mainly comprised of Em, B7, A, and G. Then again it’s all about the finger dexterity that matters. I know the chords and where to position my fingers, but the swiftness is a mountain I have to climb and conquer. One day I want to hoist a flag of achievement on the top of the mountain!

Chords for my daily guitar practice.

LcKdEKBMiI’ve got an electro-acoutstic guitar that I bought from my colleague at work, a guitarist in a band, 2 months ago. Since then I have been practicing the guitar whenever I have free time in hope of playing the songs I love without mistakes by changing the chords swiftly in keeping up with the rhythms.

I have read books on guitar lessons for beginners on Kindle. My impressions on these lessons are threefold; (1) memorizing the fretboards is a must; (2) practicing chord changes on a daily basis; and (3) consistency and perseverance as the keys to becoming a good guitarist.

For me number 1 can be done a little later, and number 3 is what I believe and adhere to. However, the issue is number 2. Yes, changing the chords promptly without hesitation seems a bit challenging to achieve at the moment. According to Dan Thorpe in his Lightning Fast Guitar Chord Changes, there are some methods that can help me develop hand dexterity and muscle memory.

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Of all the recommendations, my selected are: (1) pivot method, placing a finger on a lowest string first before changing a chords; (2) diamond method, strumming a chord four times and then changing into another chord to play another 4 times; and (3) blast method, without strumming the chords just placing the left fingers on the assigned fretboards until the fingers by means of muscle memory move to press the correct chords seamlessly. I have practiced my chord drills according to the aforesaid methods, and they are indeed helpful. I know I can get there anytime soon.

The chords I use for drill practice are as follows:

G-Em-C-D-G

G-Em-Am-D-G

A-D-E-A

Am-E

Am-Dm-E

G-C-D

G-Em-Am-D7

C-Am-Dm-G7

Simple as they seem, these are great chords to practice and effective to develop muscle memory. Surely, memorizing the fretboards is a must and will benefit me from reading the notes and playing the guitar flawlessly, but at the moment what I should master is a rapid chord changing.