Cool crow story.
The first time I was trying to learn guitar, I was in college. My parents had moved to Michigan from Pennsylvania, and I attended college in Virginia. So, when I went "home", I knew no one. That worked out well for trying to learn chords. So I had my girlfriends old guitar that she never played, and I had a couple of books and I tried to work my way through them. My parent's home was beautifully situated and my mother had done a terrific job of landscaping the back yard. There was a big sun room that looked out over the back yard, with a big picture window and sliding glass door. In the window well hidden behind some shrubs in the landscaping lived a groundhog. My dad tried traps. He tried to shoot it (he is certified by the NRA as a sharpshooter). He tried poison. He tried filling in it's hole with gravel. He tried everything he could to get rid of the groundhog. Nothing worked. So instead we named it Penny and figured it was a pet. Now, Penny had a curious habit. Whenever I'd pull out my guitar, which was often, Penny would get up on the stoop for the sliding glass door and sit. When I played the chords right, and followed the progressions in the book, Penny would stand up on her back legs and lean on the screen. When I played a chord "sour" or hit a "sour" note, Penny would cower down into a ball and cover her ears with her paws. Sometimes she'd run away and wouldn't come back until I got it right. For inspiration, I've got a picture of her near where I practice. I'll see if I can scan it and put it up on my picture website. My first group of jamm buddies called ourselves "Penny's Troubadours." You have no idea how humbling it is to have a groundhog as a guitar instructor.
I have no idea what this has to do with Geeserhood. This story ought to be in the "random" thread. Sorry for the hijack.
Suffice to say that I'm not in college any more, and haven't been for a long time. I stopped guitar about the time I graduated and didn't come back for a long time - just about two or three years ago. I graduated in '87.
Granted B chord amnesty by King of the Mutants (Long live the king).
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