Guitar Playing and Creating

I’m looking forward to

Getting some songbooks

I figured

I didn’t need to keep buying

Guitar instructional DVDs

I know the basics

Like tuning and chords

And strumming and sorts

I just want to start playing now

And come up with new melodies

And words to go with them

But the challenging thing

Is not knowing how to sing

Once I come up with a new tune

I wish I could sing it too

But it doesn’t stop the creative flow

It’s fun to create without having to know

Much about music

I used to play the piano

But not that well

A song or two

But nothing too

Complicated

Now I’m making up new songs

On my guitar

I never knew I could do it

Patrika Williamson

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Wondering

As I wonder what to write today

Pictures go through my mind

I am spending this time

Trying to focus

And get this done

With little inspiration

I still manage to fill the page

And don’t always know

What’s best to say

I just sit down

And write

Sometimes about a dream

I’ve had last night

Like the night before

I actually had finals in high school

But as much as the tests

Had me stressed

It was more about how much time I had

I forgot about all my other classes

In reality I don’t have such a stressful life

But staying inside

And not keeping cool enough

Drives me nuts

I don’t want to do things

Like I used to

And getting ready is a pain

I can’t wait

For this part of my life

To be over

But I have to live through it

And no one else will take my place

Patrika Williamson

I Need Some Positiveness

Spent a bit of time out of the house

Still hot though

My kitten Apollo was so hot yesterday

That he stayed in the living room all night

Practiced a bit of guitar yesterday

Wrote a complete song

About praying to God

I never thought I could do it

But it all came together

At one time

And I just hope it doesn’t sound too negative

But I did it though

Quicker than the first song I wrote

I actually used some of the melodies

I had already come up with

To make it easy

I think I should keep writing

Pain is what drives me

And tomorrow is Sunday

So that means I need to go back to church

Hopefully it will perk me up

I need some positivity in my life now

Patrika Williamson

Inspired to Compose

I was thinking about

Writing another song

I’m feeling down again

And I used to only write

When I was depressed

I plan to go to prayer

In the morning

Maybe stop for breakfast

And I need to return to church

This Sunday

It’s up to me to make it

But it’s been weeks since I’ve gone

So I need to drown myself

In the Lord

Church usually perks me up

I found out that I’ve actually

Lost a few pounds

I haven’t been eating as much

Which is good

But if I want to see a real difference

I need to go back to the gym

Still hot

But I’ve gotten a bigger fan

And all of my frogs are dying

I don’t know if I’ll replace them

Since they’re dropping fast

I still need to focus on my kittens

Who are experiencing their first summer

And mostly sleep in cool places

Patrika Williamson

 

 

Writing to Feel Better

Writing is like breathing to me

I have to do it everyday

I just like to put my thoughts on paper

It’s like talking for me

I don’t talk very much

So writing daily is important

I remember writing in my first diary

In fourth grade

But I didn’t get to the creative side

Until I was a teenager

I wrote poems and songs

And things just came out so easily

When I was depressed

I used it as an escape

Instead of talking it over

With anyone

It turned into stories

I’d get an idea

And write it down

I’ve been writing ever since I was a child

And always have the passion

To write out my feelings

It can be therapeutic for me

And I feel better doing it

Patrika Williamson

That Negative Voice

I feel good after going to church

Church was empowering

The pastor had a panel of women speak

And the guest speaker

Mentioned that we have a negative voice

That tells us bad things

And makes us feel like we’re no good

Man for me it’s like so many

But they were referring to the devil

Who puts lies in our head

And makes us sin

Plus so many other things

I remember thinking

Man I have to battle so much negativity

And the voices I hear don’t sound like the devil

Or some little voice that I can barely hear

These are loud and clear

And they sound like regular people

The sound like people you know

Maybe your mother or a friend

And every day I hear them

The only thing I can do is fight back

And say what you say isn’t true

You can’t beat me down

Or make me agree with you

So it’s a struggle

Day to day

Hearing them

And trying not to scream

To make them go away

I have to be my own cheer team

Patrika Williamson

Guitar Practice

I took my last guitar class today

I wish there were more

It was cool playing along with others

I just got an electric guitar today

To practice on now

It sounds really nice

For a used model

Now I feel like a rock star

I don’t know why but

It seems easier than playing the piano

Of course I need to build

Strength in my hands and fingers

If anyone is learning the guitar like me

Than check out a free app called Yousician

It has free guitar lessons

And it’s on Android

But goes by tabliture

I also tried another one called iJam

But it’s limited in exercises

I mastered the first song Wild Thing

But I haven’t gotten the hang of the next

Still waiting on the Beatles songbook

I also want to keep trying to write songs

My first is almost finished

But I’ve learned that a song

Can only have two chords

I want to tackle YouTube next

There’s gotta be millions of videos there

On guitar playing and tricks

Don’t know what to check first

Maybe how to switch chords smoothly

And how to stay on beat

I got every tool now

A chord dictionary

A metronome

A capo and a tuner

Plus a 10W amp that came with the electric guitar

I’m ready to jam now

Hopefully I have inspired you to try guitar too

Patrika Williamson

Songwriting and Guitar Playing

School’s just about out

And oddly enough

It rained yesterday

A storm came out of nowhere

Over the weekend

But it cleared up this morning

And hopefully

There’ll be no more rain

For a while

But I did enjoy

Guitar class

We played Hey Jude

By the Beatles

It’s like the Beatles are a staple

For great guitar playing

And learning from as well

Their songs aren’t very complicated

I ended up buying their songbook

On Amazon

I can’t wait to get that in the mail

And start practicing on that

It was also recommended in a book

I’m reading on song writing

But it wasn’t the exact same title

Close enough though

And I’m also reading a few others

Plus studying what I can

I want to work on making up more songs

Not too complicated though

Just based on the chords I know

I’m still trying to get the hang of switching chords

But the weird thing about

When it’s something I came up with

It’s much easier

And I don’t really have trouble moving

My fingers around

Coming up with words isn’t too hard

It’s making things sound nice

And it all coming together which is challenging

But over the years I’ve seen plenty of musicians

Just coming up with a cool melody

And then the words came naturally

It doesn’t necessarily matter

What comes first

It’s just creativity I think

Patrika Williamson

Frustrating

I can’t find one of my notebooks

For some strange reason

I tend to be a hoarder

One of those people

Who doesn’t clean

And collects stuff

I’ve never been much

Of a housekeeper

I had a notebook of poetry

That I wrote a while ago

But I haven’t written in it in a while

And now that I’m looking for

Something to get inspiration

For song lyrics

And I can’t find it anywhere

I remember a long time ago

Thinking I needed to keep notes

On where I put everything

In case I can’t remember

When I need to locate it

But now I find myself forgetting passwords

I tried looking everywhere

And found all kinds of other notebooks

Journals and novel drafts

But no poetry

Darn there had to be at least twenty

I can start over but I remember

Jotting down some good stuff

I can sit down

When it’s quiet

And look somewhere else

But I don’t know where else to look

I got a cool composition book

From my parenting class

With lines on half the page

And a big box up top for drawings

I could write lyrics at the bottom

And jot down chords up top

I guess

I saw a cool stamp on eBay

That is a grid for chords

Now I’m wondering if I should get it

Well anyway

Just wanted to let out how

Frustrated I am losing stuff

And hoarding my things

Patrika Williamson

More Comfortable Playing

I feel so much better with my guitar

I even teased the voices

By pretending to serenade them

Of course they hated it

But it’s amazing I’m already comfortable

And just a few days ago

I felt like I was no good

I’ve been practicing with this app

Called Yousician

Sorry for the plug

But I’ve gotten so far

And I’ve even fiddled

With playing my own melodies

Or just playing with something

That sounds cool

No words yet

But it really is keeping me occupied

Like I said

Keeping busy does the trick

Or at least not taking the time

To talk to them

I just got so lost in it

I’m not sure what I’ll do with my new skill

But I’d be thrilled if I could entertain

Even with anxiety

I’ve always dreamed of being on stage

I’m not looking to be the next big thing

Just the feeling I get when I play

Patrika Williamson