Hobbies I would take up: The bottom Five (part 1)


I originally intended this to be a top 5 of hobbies I would like to take up, but can’t or won’t for various reasons.  When I came up with this topic, I had five.  When I took a moment to write them down, I found out that I had more than 10 (and as I type this I my brain is firing out new ideas… and when I walk around the mall this afternoon, I am sure I will come up with a few more) .  So, basically, I will cap the number at 10 and rather than rank the ones that are not in the top five, they will just be called the bottom five.

So here we go:  hobbies I would take up if time or money (or space, or energy or talent….) were not a consideration.

A musical instrument.

a) The guitar

What person hasn’t wanted to learn a musical instrument?  I have always envied that guy at the party who whips out a guitar and has every girl’s attention.  I remember one radio DJ (the great Kristie Knight) who said that if you wanted attention from women, learn how to play Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd.  Apparently, it isn’t a particularly hard song to learn, and actual real guitar talent is not needed.

I have tried learning guitar before.  I spent a bit of time when I lived in Japan pursuing the hobby.  I have fond memories of playing on the deck of my friend Matt’s house, drinking beer, hoping for breeze and looking at the rice fields.  I didn’t really play, I just strummed the one chord while he did his thing.  Surprisingly, the effect was not bad.  It might not have set the pop charts on fire, but …..

I have always been fond of the blues and would love to play the slide guitar.  There is just something so moving and powerful about blues music and the slide guitar.  Of course, in addition to the guitar I would have to learn all about “open tuning”…. but I guess I am getting ahead of myself.

As I said, I have tried to learn, and even managed to build up some decent calluses, but a lot more time and effort would be needed.  I didn’t really give it a good shot, but like all hobbies, if you don’t make the progress you think you should make, in the time you think you should make it, then you probably won’t continue.


b) The Cello

Though, I am not a big fan of classical music, there is something I really like about the cello.  Perhaps it relates to my fondness for slide guitar (the crying sound of the instrument perhaps) or because of some lost episode of fame in which Julie Singer played a cello solo.  Either way, I would love to play this instrument.

The obstacles to this are quite numerous.  I probably don’t have an especially good ear for music, and there is definitely a lack of raw talent.  In addition to this, I am pretty sure the instrument itself is pretty expensive.  When it come right down to it, I don’t know how popular the instrument is, and finding a teacher might be difficult.  Lastly, of course, when was the last time you saw a person pull out a cello and entertain people at a party, or at the cottage, or around the campfire?  If you answered never, you’re probably in good company.


4 thoughts on “Hobbies I would take up: The bottom Five (part 1)

  1. slide guitar makes me remember a Neil Young's song called No Wonder, good song.

    I prefer country than blues, country makes me remember southern rock and southern metal, lynyrd skynyrd, zz top and so one. they're more country than blues, but of course, they have a lot of stuff in blues.

    I think if you want to get a chick, you should play neil young, come on, he's Canadian as much as you! hehe

    the first time I tried to play a guitar it was 2 years ago, but I didn't continued, if I did, now I was playing very well… I think I still regret it, and I had more time to practice than nowadays.


  2. Lynyrd Skynyrd is amazing. And there is some fine slide guitar work on the live version of FREEBIRD (I had to capitalize it because it is my favourite song)

    I love Neil Young, but he isn't really a girl magnet. Maybe if I could sing Heart of Gold…..

    Maybe you will start playing the guitar again someday….you never know.


  3. I already started to play again, but I'm not getting it so seriously to learn and play it correctly… I discovered that Neil Young songs are very good for beginners because he has a lot of easy stuff like songs with just 3 different chords, the latest song I tried to play was Love and War.

    Freebird is classic, I think every band I had I played it, now it almost makes me feel sick! But is still good.

    I think you should try then… Justin Bieber for a really girl magnet!

    a friend of mine showed me this blog, take a look:

    it talks about a lot of typical Brazilian food translated to English.


  4. You are right, Justin Bieber is a girl magnet…. but he has a great girl (Selena Gomez) The beginning of her song (I want to love you like a love song) is really good–the middle and ending are just pop crap, but the beginning is excellent.
    As for three chords… welcome to most of rock and roll (not like some great metal music which is almost like opera) but most popular rock music only uses three chords.

    I will check out the blog this weekend.


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