Good bye bass, hello Les Paul

For Christmas we got our son a guitar. Since Christmas he's had it out of the case and plugged in to his amp less than 5 times, I'm certain. I asked him last week how it was going with learning to play. He explained that the guy on the instructional DVD was boring. Sigh. I guess I can't complain too much since it's been over a year that I have owned my bass guitar and I have still yet to learn how to play it.

So last week I had an idea. Since I haven't learned to play the bass yet and he's unlikely to take the initiative to learn to play guitar on his own, I decided to trade in my bass and buy a guitar so that we could learn to play together. Genius, huh?

After a (not so) quick trip to Guitar Center, I am now the proud owner of the Les Paul you see here.

Les Paul guitar 

So when I got home with the new guitar, he was pretty excited to check it out. He then suggested that we compare our guitars. So upstairs we went and out came the amps. We both plugged in goofed around for at least 30 minutes. It's probably too early to call my plan a success, but it sure is encouraging!

Near the end of our “jam session” I asked him to bring me the instructional DVD. We threw it in to the computer and started watching a few minutes of it. Ya know what? The dude in that video IS boring! Not to mention that he moves too quickly between steps. No wonder he lost interest so quickly!

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  1. Jason on January 27, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Good idea! Can't wait for my son to get more interested in music lessons. Piano is going ok, but it's tough to keep a 5 year old's attention.

    Have you seen the free guitar lessons site from GuitarCenter? It's and requires a registration (it's a Trap!) for free access. There's a ton of other sites like that too. Check out eHow and some other "HOW TO" and tutorial sites out there. Free lessons on the net are all over.

  2. John on January 27, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks for the tip, Jason. I'll definitely check out the site!

  3. Nita on January 28, 2008 at 11:01 am

    You are doing it wrong. Teach him to play the oboe. Full ride college scholarship. Hahaha.

  4. John on January 28, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    hmmm, the oboe. That didn't even cross my mind. I guess as soon as they come out with Oboe Hero we can discuss it.

  5. John on January 29, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    I do not doubt your awesome oboe powers.

  6. Nita on January 29, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Mmm….Oboe Hero. I’d kick all your butts. 😀

  7. Rick Lea on March 28, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Hey chief. Subscribed to your rss feed. Les Pauls rock. I have a 1976 Gold Top Deluxe and it rocks bells! Hella sick. You will love it. Let's jam next time I am in town 😉