Attempting to return to the fretboard

This has not been a good year. I’ve had five deaths in the family that began in April 2023. I thought I was clear of this mess but had another family member diagnosed with cancer in December and passed away eight week ago. I ended up becoming a caregiver - guitar was the last thing on my mind. I can’t explain what that does to someone. I gave my Fender Strat away to my son as I thought I was finished. Kept my cheap Epiphone tho’.
I haven’t studied since last November as emotionally I’ve been simply hammered. Gonna try to ease back into it. Six months away? I can kiss most of my memorized theory good-bye. Oh well - baby steps.

I’ll return to Comfortably Numb as it’s so apropos.


Hi Daniel @LamphunLamyai, I’m so sorry for what you had to go through. I hope the guitar can give you some peace. Take care!


I am sorry to hear that, Daniel. I hope the guitar will make things easier for you.

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You’ve had it rough man, I hope if nothing else, picking up your guitar takes your mind away from real life for a while. There’s always kind helpful people around in here if you need motivation etc
Good luck

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Took the guitar out of its hiding place in its case, put the guitar stand back in place, and starting working through the beginning of Stairway To Heaven. The cramp in my left hand has just informed me that I’ve been away for too long. It’s a start.


So sorry for all your loss. That sounds rough. I hope you have had support and have god memories.

I am glad you are returning to guitar. Having something to focus on and provide a little direction, even solace or joy, will probably feel good.

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Guitar Heals!!! With everything buzzing around you getting a few minutes to commune with your guitar can be tremendous therapy. Peace and love!

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I’m sorry for your loss. No one should have to go through what you have endured. Get yourself in a good place mentally. That’s the most important thing you can do for yourself. When you’re ready, pick it up again. Remember it’s a journey, not a sprint. I hope you’ll eventually find your way back to that happy place. Baby steps is correct. God Bless!!!

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Hi Daniel, yep, life can be a bitch and you’ve certainly had your tough moments but now it’s time to look after yourself and it’ll help if you have something to focus on and what couldn’t be nicer than guitar. I think the thing here is to just be yourself and see how far you get. Good luck and take care.

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