Of all the times to have an issue, my guitar amp decided to die on me at a time when I can’t take it in for repairs.
One minute I was writing; the next, my amp went * pop * and died. I think it’s a blown fuse in the head itself, but because of the pandemic, I can’t take it in to have it checked over. So, I’ve had to improvise a solution, and it isn’t ideal. I’m running my guitar through my computer and using amp simulator software to amplify my guitar’s signal. Because I practice for a lot of hours each day, this might be putting extra stress on my computer. It also makes it more difﬁcult to watch podcasts while I practice, and the sound quality is lower.
It is a solution though, and it has its positives. For one, I’m able to dial in guitar tones via the software that I can use to record later. I’m also practicing directly out of the same window I would normally record in, so if I want to record something at a moment’s notice, I’m all set up. Finally, it has created an opportunity for me put my guitar down and write without it, which is something I like to do and should be exercising.
I’m not happy about the situation, but it hasn’t stopped me from doing what needs to be done. Isn’t it possible we sometimes ﬂirt with the edge between cataclysmic failure and achieving good things? True cataclysmic failure would be to lean into this new schism, to let it in as an excuse to not practice. But that’s not an option, so I’m improvising.