Hi, I’m Nancy I’m form Scotland and I finally forced myself to stop procrastinating.
A bit about me. As a child I remember that our house was always filled with music, waking up to the sound of my dad playing Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Al Jolson, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, and being the youngest of six my musical tastes were also influenced by my three older sisters and two brothers from Englebert Humperdinck, Neil Diamond, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin there wasn’t a room in our house without music blaring (and sisters singing into mirrors with hairbrushes as microphones and brothers playing air guitar)
I still listen to all the above but additionally developed my own tastes ranging from glam rock bands like Slade and Sweet to ELO, Yes, Rush, Motorhead, Iron Maiden and Whitesnake to name but a very few and my favourite guitarists include Gary Moore (I’m lucky enough to have met him in Glasgow in my late teens), Ritchie Blackmore, Alex Lifeson and Michael Schenker. I will also add Tommy Emmanuel to that list although I’ve only been aware of him for the last 3 years or so, I’m blown away by his skills and his music.
I’ve sang as an alto in a local choir for the last 17 years and we perform repertoire ranging from Eric Clapton to the Hallelujah Chorus. I’ve always wanted to play guitar and I can’t for the life of me figure out why it’s taken me until now to start.
I officially retire on 30th September (early retirement I’m 58) and around last September I picked up a guitar left behind by my daughter when she moved out, I had it restrung searched YouTube and found Justin Guitar. I’m extremely grateful to Justin for giving the gift of guitar lessons free to anyone who wants to learn; the structure is just what I need, and the delivery is superb he really is a gifted teacher. I’d have given up by now if I hadn’t found this site, and who knew it came with the bonus of this supportive community I’ve loved reading the posts and have picked up loads of tips along the way. The AVOYP’s are fabulously entertaining. I’ve been an audience member in the last two open mic’s and what a showcase of talent they are, it’s encouraging to see what can be achieved with hard work and commitment.
My goals are to be able to play and sing at the same time (who knew it was sooo… difficult); to post my first AVOYP by the end of the year and as I’ve just subscribed to the music theory course and the strumming techniques course to delve into those too. I can read musical notation but just enough to get me by at choir. As I’ve seen requests in other introductory posts for a sneak peek at guitars I’ve posted a picture of my Freshman and Taylor GS mini acoustics and the Fender HSS Player Plus that’s a newbie and was a retirement present from my husband and yes I now know the GAS is a real thing
Now to get to practice……