I am not getting any better at the guitar, so I am not practicing, so therefore I am not getting any better at the guitar, and so on until the snake consumes itself.
I was watching Lindsey Buckingham on Colbert last week and I thought, “Is he playing power chords?” I was all prepared to feel just terrible about myself watching him play all the notes at top speed, dancing just the tips of his fully perpendicular fingers along the all the frets. But no. Power chords.
He ventured past the power chords pretty quickly after the first verse, but still, it made me wonder if he just had that guitar tuned so that all he had to do was just clamp a finger across the strings and move it around. I mean, that is rock and roll, but still.
A few minutes later I was on the Internet, then an hour after that I had a scheme to have one guitar with regular tuning, then another with drop-D tuning, then another with DADGAD tuning, then just pick up the guitar that best suited the key of the song I wanted to play.
That little manic episode dried up pretty fast and I decided instead that alternatively I could just learn how to play in something other than open position, that would probably help.