Thursday, May 15, 2008

Fired Up About the Guitar

I always enjoy hearing from readers who have recently started playing the guitar and just witnessed one of these stories in the making.

We joined some friends for dinner at their house recently and I was surprised to see some guitars as I walked in the door. “Hey, great seeing you...who’s playing the guitar?” I wish I got the full greeting out before jumping to guitar talk but I thought their kids were more sports oriented. There I go being stereotypical by assuming it was one of their kids. Everyone that comes to my house and sees guitars automatically makes the same assumption. In this case though the stereotype was correct and it was their 10 year old.

He had just gotten an Alvarez Regent Series acoustic as an upgrade to his starter guitar and he proceeded to demo his new found prowess; intro to Smoke on the Water, blues licks, flat-picking techniques, etc. It was like overnight he became a member of the Masonic lodge or something as he was now steeped in guitar rituals and we had a common frame of reference.

While it would have made a great story if his dad was the one playing (shows why I need to keep going with Guitar Boomer) it was exciting nonetheless to see someone learning the guitar and getting enjoyment out of it. I got so fired up I rushed home after dinner so I could play for awhile before packing it in for the night.

Picking up the guitar is beneficial for any age. If you are like me though and have a few hours on the clock as well as dealing with all the stresses of middle age, the benefit is even greater. Give it a shot and let me know how it goes!

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