My friends wanted to make a band, and even though I can't play a musical instrument, or sing, I wanted to join too. I got myself a ukulele and a book and I've been trying to learn to play. The trouble is, I just can't get the fingerings right!!! I'll never sound like my friends, and I just get so frustrated I just want to give it up... but then I'd be disappointing my friends. How do I get better at playing music?
- All Paws
Dear All Paws,
Don't despair! By sheer coincidence, I've recently begun to play a ruby red guitar myself, so I know exactly where you're coming from when you say that the fingering is tricky! While every good musician can start off a little clumsily, (and whoever said strumming with paws was easy?) the key to anything is regular practice, so keep going, seek encouragement from your friends, and don't be discouraged if the Hand starts supplying your fellow Norns with cotton wool. If one song tires you out, try another and come back to the first when you're feeling more confident. Before you know it you'll be rocking out with your friends at The Grendel's Head pub and find yourselves headhunted, by music mogul Ettins, to perform onstage at The Royal Albian Hall; it's destiny!