I wrote last week that I was starting guitar lessons yesterday. Katie had hers first and then I had my, much more basic, lesson. In the little time I have available beyond work, family, and life necessities, I'm trying to practice. This is impossible when I am on the road, since I'm not yet obsessed (nor good) enough to bring the guitar with me. Plus, I don't think the other guests in the hotels I stay in would appreciate hearing endless bad repetitions of the same chord sequence or riff. That said, I feel like I'm making a little improvement, albeit slowly. Our guitar teacher said something yesterday to Katie about how I would soon catch up and then the three of us could play together. I think Katie first took this as a slight on her current playing (which I think is quite good), but then I reminded her that if my playing possibly improved faster than hers did it would be because I've had decades of practice on air guitar.
There are two cool things about trying to pick up the guitar today versus when I first attempted it in my teens in the 70s: first, electronic tuners take the guess work of keeping the guitar in pitch, and second, there is so much information available on the Internet that you can find sites with song tabs, theory, techniques, and just about everything else. It's literally possible to sit at home and have an immense written and listening library and reference available to you. This is a big improvement but does not give me what I really need now versus what I had more of when I was a teenager, and that is time. That's ok though, since I'm not racing toward some future as a lead rock guitarist. This is for fun and to satisfy one of my personal goals. So in that sense I have all the time I need.
I'll mention two additional things while I'm doing this weekend non-work related entry. The first is that "Street Fighting Man" by the Rolling Stones was actually recorded with heavily distorted and overdubbed acoustic guitars, not electric ones. There was also a sitar in there. Thanks to Katie for this info. (I just noticed that Keith Richards and Mick Jagger have their own websites - everyone else does.) Second, Olav Torvund has a very nice educational site on blues guitar, including MIDI and MP3 files so you can hear what he is talking about and practice along.