|posted: 10/18/2003 at 1:43:30 AM ET|
Tough call. When I first started to shop and talk about buying a guitar, the lady the works at the little corner market told me she wanted me to get an acoustic. She said she didn't want me to learn "bda habits". Still not sure what that means.
Thing is, I did buy a Dean acoustic, not much cash, and I've been playing every day since. Everything I've learned so far has been self taught, with some help from a computer program and a few books.
I started to get a little bored with the books and went back to the music store, asking about gear and music. There was another lady there that asked me to show her what it was that I was learning. We're in a small town, not many musicians, and I think she remembered my newbie face.
So I showed her the scales I was doing, the chords I had learned and such, and she said something kinda funny. She told me I was taking this thing too seriously. I can nearly guarantee you that was the first time I have ever heard that.
She took the $1000.00 Tacoma I was butchering and started to play it. It was really beautiful. She was doing these georgeous arpeggios and strumming. She said she had never taken a lesson, that she was just playing to hear the music and played what made her happy. I got what she was talking about.
Now, the idea of what makes a person happy gets a bit customized for each person. For me, at my age, I started looking for guitar tab from the 70's and 80's, the old classics from Lynard Skynard, Tom Petty, Rod Stewart and such. True, it's not exactly the most sophisticated guitar play in the world, but it brings back some great memories and it is true "play". It's for fun.
I know classical guitars are heard in all types of music. Some rock, jazz, everything. I'll bet there are some pieces out there that bring a smile to your face, and I bet if you let your imagination run, you make some noise you really get a kick out of.
Learning rocks =)