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.
Here it is only a few days left until Christmas and I’m still looking around for several items that just have been difficult to find in the local stores. I think that I have found the cool gibson pickguard bracket that I’ve spent a good amount of time looking for. I wish I didn’t have to order it online, but there just does not seem to be anywhere around here that has it! I’m confident that the order will arrive in time, but I hate cutting it this close. On the other hand sometimes it can be a good thing to be able to open a present several days after Christmas so you can stretch out the gift opening!
I was reading about how the gibson les paul standard guitars were first made in the ’50s and were used by such great musicians like Eric Clapton and Peter Green (of Fleetwood Mac.) I was thinking about how much of an impact these rock legends have had on music over the years. I found myself wondering if they had used different instruments, if their music would have gone in a different direction. I wonder what it was that drew them to the guitars that they chose.
One of the things I recently discovered is how useful YouTube can be when you are considering purchasing a product. For example, when Chuck was thinking about buying an ampeg amp he went to YouTube and typed in the keywords ampeg amp and found several videos about different ampeg amps. He found this review of one of them, and it helped him figure out whether or not to purchase it.
Whenever I hear my brother practicing on his pearl fusion drum set blue in the basement, I love to stop whatever I’m doing and dance to the rhythm that he is playing. I know that playing the drums is his favorite thing in the world to do, and that he would love to make his living playing music, but our parents have told him that he needs to plan on having a good paying day job to pay the bills. They’ve encouraged him to join an orchestra or band to play music on the weekends and at night, but not to plan on playing music for his livelihood.
I hope he never stops gives up playing the drums. He is so talented, and I hate the thought of his talent going to waste.