I spent a few hours on Sunday learning some new songs on the guitar. The Internet, and in particular, Kazaa (Lite), is awesome. You can download songs, the videos for them so you can catch glimpses of how they play, and then find the tab somewhere on the Web. Good stuff. Anyway, the songs I learned to play:

  • Dire Straits – Money For Nothing (just the intro)
  • The B52s – Love Shack
  • John Mayer – No Such Thing
  • Metallica – Enter Sandman
  • Jimmy Eat World – The Middle

The most fun to play by far is Enter Sandman. It’s not that hard (the rhythm guitar) but sounds good. No Such Thing is also fun because of all the funky chords, but it sounds really different without the bass.

As I think I mentioned elsewhere, I’ve been learning to play the recorder also. Just on a whim after seeing it cheap in a music store. That’s also fun. The Titanic theme is annoying, but it sounds authentic. Also been playing the solo from Rich Mullins’ Boy Like Me, Man Like You, the Forrest Gump theme and trying random songs like John Tesh’s NBA on NBC theme and Kansas’ Carry On My Wayward Son.

In case anyone cares, it’s a lot harder I think playing recorder than clarinet or sax. You don’t have keys to reach places for you so the fingerings can be funky. And the hardest part for me is, there’s no reed to help regulate the air pressure so tone and vibrato are a lot more challenging. I have a vision for recorder-led worship. We’ll see how it goes.

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