From time to time I have attempted to learn to play guitar. Now is one of those times. Tonight was my first time in years. My fingers hurt. And I sounded terrible. And I realized that what has held me back every other time I have tried to learn guitar (and subsequently quit) has been hand strength. Don’t know that I ever realized that before. I’ve always been frustrated with bar (or barre…not sure which way to spell it) chords. Tonight it occurred to me that my frustation before was most likely tied to simply not having the strength (and dexterity) in my left hand to hold all of the strings down. I’ll see what I can do to intentionally increase my hand strength as I am learning. We’ll see what happens.