Eurydice (eurydice72) wrote,
Eurydice
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Yesterday's guitar lesson showed me just how off the mark I was this weekend with my cold. Started playing "Yesterday" for Scott and realized three chords in that I'd mastered the damn thing with a wrong chord (Dm for D7) and was too intent on fingering and had my head too blocked up to hear the difference. I felt like an idiot, mostly because I hate looking like I hadn't practiced or wasn't taking it seriously in front of him. He was really nice about it and said that the rest of it sounded good, but I still hate it. So I'm going to spend the next 2 weeks learning every damn chord he's shown me and proving I'm not an imbecile.

We talked about families of chords and scales, too, and he showed me the basic scale progression that I can use for all major scales. I've got an exercise he wants me to master before I go back in 2 weeks (he's got Halloween off), and it's already coming along pretty good. Between that and the other chords, I've got a lot to keep me busy until my next lesson. I just have to learn to be patient. I find the rote of the practices incredibly relaxing, but I hate not being perfect at it when I go in for the lesson. It's OK for me to make mistakes while I practice - I expect that. But being less than what I know I can be in front of an audience has always been one of my biggest peeves. I don't want to do something publicly unless I know I've got it as good as I can possibly get it at that point. That holds true for when I was acting, or my writing, or just about anything else that requires me to present myself to others. It's a personal flaw, I know. And it's not like I don't mind making mistakes...as long as I'm the only one who knows about it, lol.

My cold is starting to fade finally. Which is good because Craig is back at the office today.

Oh! And I discovered that the big romance review publication (Romantic Times) reviewed "Two Lives in Waltz Time" for their December issue and gave it 4 1/2 stars out of 5, making it one of their top picks for the month. Of course, I can't find out what the damn thing says until November 9 when it hits the bookstore shelves, but still, very exciting. :) Also means I need to get off my butt and finish my new book. ;)
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