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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Refrain

I wrote a few songs

But no music

I have melodies

But no words

It’s like a puzzle

Connecting the pieces

I’d love to come up with something complete

But it’s difficult since I can’t sing

The music just sounds right

But I can’t sing along

Since I’m off key

Curse my voice

Still haven’t found the right key

To play in

If I could find the right one

I could sound a bit alright

When I play

I move my capo back and forth

But it doesn’t help

I wanted to play again today

Looking for the right notes

And words to say

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

 

 

Something Catchy

Losing thunder

But upbeat after making another melody

On my guitar yesterday

I thought when I first started learning

That it would be years

Before I’d be writing anything

The book I read on writing

Didn’t teach me anything

I just play around

And though I struggled

Staying on beat

And changing chords

I can’t see that problem anymore

But I want to write lyrics too

The important thing is getting

The melodies down on paper

So I can tweak and play them again

It’s fun playing

And it’s my new favorite hobby

I may not be able to play many classics

But to be able to come up with something

That’s catchy is an amazing gift in itself

Patrika Williamson

 

Playing Misadventures

I recorded myself today

After finally picking up the guitar

A few hours after

Coming home from church

Which was great

I grabbed my tablet

And used the sound recorder app

To capture myself

Never opening my mouth

I recorded myself for the first time ever

Playing my first original song

It had a nice sound

But I need to work on

Changing chords smoothly

While still staying on beat

And since I can’t sing

It’s also challenging

It sucks not having a singing voice

But I can at least try to harmonize

Otherwise

I won’t ever know

What the words sound like

Only in my mind

When I think about them

But I’m glad that I finally picked up my guitar

Since well

I can’t remember the last time

But I need to practice

At least every other day

My instructor recommended 15 minutes

Every single day

However I had to cut practice short

Because I got hot

And my fingers were sweating

The last thing I wanted

Was to play with slippery fingers

Patrika Williamson

 

 

Practicing the Beatles

Practiced from my Beatles songbook

The other day

It was challenging

But if I can master one song

Like Hey Jude

It will be a victory

Some of the songs have chords

With like five notes

And I’m not sure how to use

All of my fingers

But the reward is sounding good

And moreover

Sounding like a pro

But for now

I just like playing around

The book I bought

Has every song

The Beatles have ever written

That would be a challenge

To be able to play everything

But their sound is something to enjoy

And it’s timeless

I also finished reading a book

About songwriting yesterday

And one of the interesting things I read

Was that when writing songs

You should record yourself playing them

In order to see if you sound right

Or need to change anything

I’d like to record myself performing

My first song

And hear how it sounds

There are a few parts I’d like to tweak

And at least check the beat

I can’t seem to play with the metronome going

But I’d also like to play with a pocket amp I bought

That hooks to your headphones

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

Guitar Playing

I performed live today

With my guitar class

We performed a song

That we had practiced

I did the best I could

I wasn’t very nervous

Since I was in a group

I’m glad that it’s over

I’ve noticed that after playing

A whole song

My left hand is so sore

But I am still trying to learn chords

And wanting to compose

An entire song

As much as I like to write

Nothing comes to mind

Just melodies for now

I remember writing

Songs as a child

Including a cool dance song

But it’s been so long

That I don’t remember the words

But writing poetry is similar

To writing song lyrics

I remember watching the movie

The Doors with Val Kilmer

And how Jim Morrison wrote poetry

I don’t write about things too far out

But maybe I can go back

And look over old poems

To see if I can turn them into songs

But my challenge isn’t just

Finding the right chords

I can’t sing so I don’t know what notes I need

To play to make it sound a certain way

I don’t know why I want to make up my own songs

I guess because I’m creative

And love to make up

Stories and poetry

But I am reading up

On songwriting

And there are different approaches

From writing a lyric

To just playing around with a melody

But I don’t know where to start

Well I’ve got spring break

To play around with my guitar

Patrika Williamson