Maybe everyone knows what a “Guitar Pull” is, but I have never heard that term and when I was invited to one by a friend who is a song writer, I had no idea what we would be doing. But my instincts told me it would be fun, because Sandy is a fun guy and everyone always has a good time with him around.
Turns out everyone is supposed to bring some kind of food, like a pot luck thing, and their musical instrument. You are expected to socialize with 10-20 other people who came to the Guitar Pull and have some great food and laughs as you get to know each other, or get re-acquainted with people you might not have seen in a long time. And then, everyone drags their chairs into a big circle and they take turns choosing a song to sing. Everyone pitches in if they know the song. And the experienced musicians can somehow find a way to play along even if they’ve never heard that song before!
Sandy tuned his guitar in the car while I drove over to Richard’s house on Sunday for the Guitar Pill. I teasingly asked what Sandy would have done if I had not agreed to drive him there. He laughed and said he would have waited until he got there and then used an online tuner. All his friends take their guitars very seriously and no one has any patience for an instrument that is out of tune!
I can remember when I was a pre-teen, I wanted to learn how to play the guitar. I had taken piano lessons for many years, and I felt that made me a “nerd.” I was certain that if I learned how to play a guitar, I would instantly become one of the popular kids in school! Well, my parents did purchase an inexpensive acoustic guitar for me one year, as a gift. I don’t remember if it was for my birthday, or Christmas, but I will say that I took lessons for a few weeks, but could not take the pain involved in pressing my fingers down on the strings!
Anyone who can take that kind of punishment has my admiration, that is for sure! A few years ago, I gave my old, acoustic guitar to one of my friend’s kids. He did really well with the guitar, and I’ve heard that his parents are planning to buy a new electric guitar for him for Christmas! I haven’t heard him play at all yet, but I am hoping to go to their house sometimes soon and ask for a short performance! I am glad that my old guitar has proven to be a stepping-stone to bigger and better musical accomplishments.
When I was trying to think of a title to this post, I struggled. What kind of title to a post that is being written about the reviews I was reading online for the hs 4 electric guitar pick-up? The reviews were not just saying that they liked the product, but were actually giving advice on how to best hook it up and use it, explaining that they weren’t quite sure at first what the best configuration was. Then my “punny” side kicked in and the title simply hit me – the advice was about how to set up the pick-up so that the guitar would sound better! The obvious title, then, is “Sound Advice.” My father, who is both a musician and a lover of puns, would appreciate the title very much.
When Bill told me that he wanted me to help him find an affordable washburn j6 guitar, I didn’t think that it was going to be that big of a deal. But that was before I found out that it is a discontinued item, so it is not going to be easy finding one that has not been used. I really hate to resort to searching through Craigslist and Ebay and Amazon for a used one, and I hate the thought of buying a used one. Why Bill has his heart set on a discontinued item is beyond me! That is quite an aggravation!
With so many necessary accessories, like speakers, tubes, saddles, tuners, overdrive pedal, knobs, amps, nuts and bridges, just to mention a few off the top of my head, that are out there for the person that plays the electric guitar. I’m so glad that I had the good sense to learn to play and stick with the good ol’ acoustic guitar that I received as a Christmas present from my Aunt Linda when I was a 13 year old. A perfect gift for a boy that age to keep him busy, focused, interested, entertained and all the other good qualities that come from learning a musical instrument at any age really.
I’ve only held an electric guitar less than a half a dozen times throughout the years. There was nothing attractive to me any of those attempts that made me want to run out and buy one. Simply is best as far as I’m concerned.