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My USY meeting went very well. I was complimented by several parents on my organization and planning for the next year. The kids seemed to be having fun, too. Not as many parents showed up as I would have liked, but I still collected dues from about 5 members. There were eight people at the meeting today, and three others that definitely plan on joining but couldn't be there today. Plus there are a ton of kids I'm still trying to get interested. Tonight at the board meeting they are bringing up the discussion of my salary. Woohoo MONEY! I'd actually probably do this even if it were a volunteer position, but don't tell the board.

I'm frustrated with my guitar. I will not blame it on him, because he helped me immensely, but I think my friend David, who works at Music Masters in the guitar shop, may have told me how to put in the strings backwards. Right now I have the low E at the top, and that really doesn't seem right to me. I strum with my right hand, right? I'm at ground zero when it comes to guitar knowledge. But, they are all perfectly in tune, so that's fun. Yay for having good pitch. I checked myself online and yeah. Truth is, I rock. That will come in handy if I need to take out all the strings and switch them all around. Le sigh.

I think that the higher pitches should be on top, but that's just me I guess.

Also, wow. My fingers are all crying out in pain. I need to build up some calluses.

I'm apprehensive about this afternoon.


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Sep. 17th, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
Hold the guitar in front of you as if you are about to play it, the neck of the guitar with your left hand, your right hand as if to strum. The low E string should be on top (the left side of the neck) and the high E string on the bottom (the right side of the neck). You strike the low E string first on a downward stroke when strumming. Is that the way you had it?
Sep. 17th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC)
thats the way it is now. I'm confused.
Sep. 17th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC)
Why? That's the way it goes for just about any stringed instrument I've ever seen - guitar, violin, oud. If you don't have one, I really suggest you get an elementary guitar book showing stuff like this, how to form chords, strumming and finger-picking methods, etc. Your local music/guitar store should be able to recommend something.
Sep. 17th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
Sep. 17th, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC)
Back when I was learning, I got a whole series of Mel Bay's books.
Sep. 17th, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC)
When I started learning bass, the whole "low E on the top" thing threw me off too. To me it doesn't seem right to have the low notes on top... maybe it come from too many years of playing non-stringed instruments?
Sep. 17th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
I guess that makes sense that it's years of playing different instruments messing me up... but the piano is technically a stringed instrument, and it still has higher notes on top. It just makes so much more sense to me. I'm all disoriented.
Sep. 18th, 2006 12:21 am (UTC)
You're thinking of it wrong. A piano doesn't have the higher notes ON TOP. It has them ON THE RIGHT, the same as is true with the guitar.
Sep. 18th, 2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
a piano has notes from low to high, left to right...

....just like a guitar.

You'll adapt :)
Sep. 18th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
and someone already pointed that out.

I need to get my eyes checked =p
Sep. 17th, 2006 11:10 pm (UTC)
I'm probably wrong on this, but my understanding was that the low note strings are on the top because when you strum downwards this allows the low note to be in sync with the higher notes, since low notes have a lower frequency and need to "catch up."

Then again, I'm probably completely off, so take the above with a grain of salt ;-)
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