Aaron Vaughn Barrera


Rant in E

So I realized that I have been neglecting my blog for the past few months and decided that I'd pour myself some wine and vent for a while. 

If you read my last post you know that I've been focusing more on my guitar playing lately. Over the past few months I've tried broadening my horizons by learning some new scales and experimenting with new styles like Jazz and country, which in my opinion are two of the most difficult styles to play, at an advanced level anyway. I even purchased a lap steel guitar! It was a cheap one I found at guitar center for $99 so it didn't break the bank or anything. It came with a nice gig bag and some legs that you screw into the bottom, which made it easier to learn on rather than setting it on my lap. Unfortunately, I've been noticing more and more that my arm and wrist have been hurting after I play guitar for long periods and more so when playing lap steel. This is more than likely a mild case of tendonitis, which I now have under control. I realized that taking up a completely new playing position was not such a great idea at this point so I returned the lap steel. Instead, I've been working on my slide playing and finger picking more and I've been seeing some great improvements in my playing! I have some videos that I'll be posting soon that show me "noodling" around in the key of E. 

As of late I've been playing lead guitar for Dave Doobinin here in NYC. I love playing with the group of musicians he has brought together. It's one of the most satisfying musical situations I've ever been in. Besides playing with Dave, I've mostly been working my day job, which while I am grateful for, I can't help but feel like my life is slipping away. I find myself stuck between the harsh realities of needing to work a day job in order to survive and pursuing my dream. My day job has great benefits, pays well and is flexible so that I can still play music, but it doesn't come close to replacing the feeling I get from making a living playing music. The journey continues. 


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