Guitar Hero

Last week, I changed my New Year’s resolution. I originally wanted to start crocheting so I could make hats like this, but I just couldn’t get myself super excited at the prospect. (Maybe because I can BUY them with one lazy click of my mouse!) (Wait, I don’t have a mouse. Whatever, look at how cute Wito looks!)

I still wanted to do something with my hands, in order to help pull me away from my computer. (Internet BAD, Music GOOD!) So, I decided to learn to play the guitar.

Now, I’m not a total stranger to musical instruments, as I kicked SOME TRI-STATE ASS with my clarinet as a young lady.


Jealous much? 9 years old under the influence of something. (Most likely, Benny Goodman.)

I also started flute lessons in my late twenties, and let me tell you, there is nothing more humbling than showing up in your $500 J. Crew suit after selling a trillion dollars worth of pharmaceuticals that day, only to be sandwiched in between two eight-year-olds with braces. (Keep rocking the flute, Brittany and Jessica! Drugs BAD, Music GOOD!)

However, I have absolutely NO experience with string instruments. But I’m ready! Bring on the blistered fingers and utter frustration!

(I am hoping that having an extremely gifted guitarist as a father might give me an edge. GENES, DON’T FAIL ME NOW.)

To put it simply, I love music. My family loves music, and Wito LOVES music. In fact, he experienced his first jam with my father over the holidays.

Jam from whoorl on Vimeo.

The kid has an affinity for Hammond organs, no?

After much discussion and searching with my father (who will now be called GURU Stu Tu), my first guitar arrived today.


Isn’t he handsome?

So, I’m asking the internet a favor. Check in on my progress once in awhile. Keep me in line. Hold me accountable. And especially, expect a nothing short of a fabulous recital next December when I participate in Neil’s 3rd Annual Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert. I guess I better start practicing.

WAIT! What should I name him? (He was made in Spain, maybe something Spanish?) Oh help me, wise friends.

  1. jonniker

    January 23, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Pablo. I love the name anyway, and it fits. Pablo! Pablo the Spanish Guitar! AYE, PABLO.

    Although I am also slightly in love with Metalia’s Alejandro.

  2. lulu

    January 23, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Ramon. He will strum your heart strings as you coax him to sing the music of your soul.

    Roll your R’s, ladies. RRRRRRRRRRRamon. ;)

  3. BeachMama

    January 23, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Santos comes to mind when I see your guitar, not sure why?

    I have always wanted to play, but Hubby plays so well, that I would not be able to compare, so for now I will stick with the cello. Less portable and less solo songs, but it is music ;).

  4. andrea

    January 23, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    I am definitely leaning toward Ramon or Rodrigo. Can’t wait to hear the decision. The video jam session is great–Charlie gets to have jam sessions with his Aunt Magoo and totally rocks the piano these days. If only I could play as well as he does…

  5. Sarcomical

    January 23, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    wow, i admire you! i was a music freak in school, so i have instrumental experience, but when i tried to learn a few years ago, i gave up in frustration. HEY…i still have my guitar in my closet all sad-like, maybe i should pull it out and try again. hmmm…

    regarding said naming situation, might i suggest Hernando Whoorlata Domingo?

  6. Alyce

    January 23, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    How did you decide which guitar to buy? Care to tell us where you got it?

    Also, I would have named the guitar a female name – the curves, baby. So… Gabriela (long a) or Margarita or something.

    My resident expert father picked it out – he thought a classical would be easier to learn on due to the nylon strings (opposed to steel-string acoustics). I got it from a place out here.

  7. kerrianne

    January 23, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Your new found (Spanish!) resolution has made me remember that I have been wanting to play for ages. I have a guitar, I have a husband who is amazing at playing guitar (used to be in a band, went to Nashville, New York, California and played, etc), and yet I don’t know how to play anything beyond the opening riff of “Smoke on the Water.”
    Sad, that.

    Happy! riffing.

    As for names, I vote for Alejandro. Or Pedro. Or Emilio.

  8. Sue

    January 23, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    I Think u should name it G. Lo (Guitar lo).. you know like jennifer lopez(J.Lo).. Because it looks like her..hahaha

  9. bethany

    January 23, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    good luck whoorl, i too am pursuing guitar lessons. here’s to inevitable frustration and a bottle of wine after lessons!

  10. nicole

    January 23, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    I am liking Ramon, but I am thinking Pablo or Santiago.

  11. Angella

    January 23, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    I am so proud of you! And excited FOR you. I have a guitar…that I can barely play. My rock star brother-in-law is “taking care of it” for me.

    One day I’d like to try again. Good for you for doing it.

    I LOVE the names above, and look forward to the poll.

    And also? To seeing you rock out on that thing.

  12. Michelle in Cincinnati

    January 23, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    How about “El Guapo”…..Jam session was too cute with Wito, The Bishop, and I think your hubby playing the “high notes” :o)

  13. kat

    January 23, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    you need a name that has an Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr in it. So you can be all sexy when you say, “I’m going to play you now, Rodrrrrrrrrrrrrrigo.”

    I also vote for Alejandro. Or Carmencita! Which is showing up as a boy name but sounds girly to me. But means vineyard! Maybe Chiquita? Or maybe Diego?

    you know there was this really hot guy who lived in my dorm in college and his name was Estevan. That’s a pretty hot name.

  14. kat

    January 23, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    side note. serena kicks ass at guitar hero in real life? who knew! did you know that she’s the youngest of the lively family – namely the sister of the girl from teen witch! i just had to share after i saw metalia’s comment.

  15. Jamie

    January 23, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    The only options (obviously – snort) are Julio (in honor of Julio Iglaesias) or Carlos (in honor of the great Santana). Anything with a rollable R or a silent J is money.