|So I originally bought Guitar Hero III back in October I considered myself decent. Didn't bother with the easy levels. Went straight through medium and on to Hard (which I still have a gig or two left to complete). Expert was the goal, obviously, but once the new game stigma began to wore off I found I was only pulling out the dusty guitar whenever friends were around. Concerning Expert, I was only able to claim 4 entire songs, all from the first gig, before getting booed one too many times to warrant any further practice. It ain't for the weak handed. And at that point I probably was. Besides, I still had tracks on Hard to beat.|
Enter the piano.
When I first got it in January I was horrible. I couldn't remember a single song I knew in high school. Not even the songs I had to rigorously practice after class for those damn competitions! But it's not all bad news and a condition I jokingly refer to as genetic stubiness in the fingers. Once I looked through some memorable sheet music some of it started coming back to mind. Not all of them...maybe not even half. Once I had the sheet music it was also easier to pick up again, as I felt myself fumbling into old melodic rhythms and what not.
So now I make it a point to practice everyday, usually as soon as I get home from work. I last finished a couples pieces I used to know from H.S. - a sonatina from Kuhlau and another sonatina from Muzio. I'm currently into the second page of the Zanarkand Theme courtesy of good ol' FFX and am also trying to figure out the notes of a Castlevania track (Dance of Pales).
But I suppose that wasn't the point, now was it. Because after all how does this have anything to do with Guitar Hero? Well I certainly didn't see it at first, but the 25 songs I recently beat on Expert, mostly on first attempts, including Sunday Morning and Don't Speak from No Doubt (which I had recently learned offered three tracks from Tragic Kingdom), has got me wondering if I don't have a little bit of that focus back. Ha!
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