My journey began around 1970. I was 16 and determined to be a guitar god. It looked easy enough, buy guitar, play and bask in the glory
Unfortunately, I skipped over the whole learning to play thing. Relegated guitar playing to when no one could hear and eventually put the guitar away. I carried that guitar around for the next 50 years. Occasionally I would take it out an attempt to play only to end up with sore fingers and the realization that I just did not have any musical ability. The guitar gathered dust, the case disintegrated and eventually it caved to the point the action was to high to play without pain.
Fast forward to April, 2020. I inherit a Marshall MG250dfx amplifier, the one on the bottom in the picture. I thought about selling it but the presence of the amp reignited that old desire to play. I started looking around for a used electric guitar and found a G&L ASAT Classic Tribute semi-hollow bluesboy. I love blues so it seemed like a good fit. When I went to the guitar center to check it out I was impressed with the fell of the guitar, the neck profile and the ease of playing. It felt good to my hands and nothing else in the store worked as well for me. I took the guitar home. Little did I realize that I was being inoculated with GAS.
Now armed with a playable instrument I started looking around for a guitar instructor. The pandemic was just getting started here and live instruction was fast disappearing so I began searching online. Amid the highly recommended instructional sites justinguitar.com kept coming up near the top. And it was FREE! I signed on June 2020. The fun began in earnest, and I realized I might just actually learn how to play. I set some goals for myself:
- learn to play well enough that people no longer headed for the exit when I picked up a guitar
- get good enough someone might ask me to play and not regret asking
- play for an audience somewhere, sometime.
It wasn’t long before I purchased the JustinGuitar Beginner app, hooked it up to a big screen TV, and started playing along. Big Fun!
In June, 2020 a local music store was having a going out of business sale with instruments marked down 25%. Being curious and having a simmering bout of GAS I had to check it out. To my amazement I found a Taylor Academy 10 with a neck profile similar to the bluesboy at a ridiculously low price. Obviously I needed a replacement for the old acoustic I had been dragging around for so many years. And this guitar sounded so good.
Around August 2020 the GAS I acquired when I bought the bluesboy suddenly came raging forward. While browsing the web I saw a picture of a G&L guitar that the CLF (Clarence Leo Fender Research) division was shipping to Sweetwater Music. It was a V12 Doheney and absolutely the most gorgeous guitar I had ever laid eyes on. I had to have one. Long story short, when I picked up the guitar I also grabbed a Marshall Code 50 and a trio+. Oh, yeah, the chase of the old dream was gaining momentum.
I continued making my way through the beginner lessons and practicing at least 6 days a week.
Then it happened again… another beauty caught my attention. A Taylor K224ce, solid koa guitar with built in pickup. My GAS rationale told me I needed an acoustic electric if I was going to perform someday, plus it was beautiful and had a neck profile similar to my other guitars.
Here are some pics of my sirens:
On the left is Blue, the V12. On the right is Blondie the ASAT bluesboy.
The Taylor Academy 10. It is a 7/8 scale guitar so I named it The Kid.
The Taylor K224ce named Alika (Hawaiin for the beautiful one)
I am now doing a consolidation at the end of Beginner 2. It has been a wonderful and fun 18 months chasing the dream. For my consolidation I have vowed to record and post to the AVOYP section 10 songs spanning the Beginner 1 & 2 lessons. I will base my readiness to move on to Beginner 3 by the responses and suggestions I receive to my videos.
I have the first one recorded. Unfortunately I have hit a snag uploading the file to this forum. I recorded using my iPhone. The default iPhone format for video is .mov. I thought the new IOS had switched to HEIC but apparently not. .mov files cannot be uploaded to this forum so I need to find a conversion program or upload to Youtube or Vimeo. I have issues uploading to those platforms and prefer to download from my OneDrive space directly to minimize the exposure in the public domain beyond this site.
Stay tuned. I will figure it out and start posting in AVOYP. Any suggestions and tips are appreciated