DDR virginity: gone!

So tonight I finally played DDR. I suck absolutely horribly (big, nasty, hairy monkey–nevermind), but oh dear, that is a wonderful, fun activity. I want to own a pad (and PS2, evidently) so that I can play often. Very often. Hmm… Actually, I do have a PS1… Wasn’t there a version for that?

It’s a little weird that in one evening, I’ve joined clubs for DDR and roleplaying games. I’m even in an anime club, although my role is one of “passive anime viewer”.

Now, while I don’t think I was horribly vain or anti-über-nerd when I arrived at Rose (okay, yes I was, despite my Trekkie-ness), I didn’t like anime, wouldn’t be caught showing interest in an RPG, and I had already turned down offers to play DDR with various folks in high school.

I still have to fight some embarrassment about my awkwardness in playing DDR (okay, a good deal of embarrassment), but I still played several times, I fully plan to play more, and I even let WO whoop my ass twice.

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The current bane of my existence

The D-major chord. It’s the first chord shown on this page. Doesn’t look to bad, does it? Let me tell you, that’s not much space to fit three fingers in cleanly without the third finger (the one on the third fret) touching any other strings. Grr. A clean strike of that chord has eluded me in the nine days since I’ve started playing. I have a handful of other basic chords down and can even switch between many of them fairly cleanly and quickly (relatively), but that damn D chord…


Ahem, sorry.

In other news, I’m getting better used to the sound of strumming. I’m not doing much with rhythm yet (and hence have yet to actually be able to play a song), but I can strum a simple beat without dropping the pick in my guitar or on the floor. The grip is becoming less unnatural.

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