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So I picked my guitar again today, and sat down to play Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. It's a piano piece in C# minor, but I had a tab of it transposed to A minor, which is a lot easier to play on the guitar. How I failed!

These are times when your own inadequecies and those of your instrument make you feel so daunted: when you want play that beautiful piece yourself instead of listening to a recording - but you fail miserably. I love the sound of a piano but I don't have one, neither a keyboard - limiting me to this second-hand guitar that I have. It is cheap, has tight steel strings (couldn't find any other brand here) and the frets are horribly out of tune. The action is so high that one needs superhuman force to be able to play it at all. One of my friends recently bought a new professional Yamaha guitar, and I had a chance to play a guitar other than mine for the first time. And what a difference that was! The strings were soft, very close to the fretboard, and the sound was heavenly. If only I had had such a guitar since the beginning, I could've been at least an average player by now. (They say that if you practise 4 hours a day, then in 10 years you will become an average player!)

I was playing the sonata while looking at the tab on the computer screen, and not much of it sounded the way it should've been. So I kept jumping from stanza to stanza and every now and then, one familiar part of it started sounding... it is an unreal feeling when you follow directions.. fret 1, string 2, fret 5, string 3... and the heavenly sound of your favourite sonata springs out almost involuntarily!

If only I had something "real" to play it on...

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