This journey started when I was 8 or 9 years old. I bought a guitar from a jumble sale of all places and promptly tried to join the school guitar lessons. It was in no fit state to have strings on it, let alone try to be tuned. It was an acoustic with a face plate that was loose and rattled if you played a low note. I know I should not have gotten upset when the school teacher laughed at me, but I did. I was only 8 or 9 years old.
This however did not put me off music. I ended up playing drums in the local scouts marching band. Then a school band in productions with a drum kit.
So now it’s a few years later and I play drums in the house band at my local church for contemporary worship.
The nagging thought of guitar playing has never left me and so in my 50th year, I’m going to try again. This time with a new guitar and time to practise.
One Sunday in January 2021 with snow on the ground I called Andertons Music Co. in Guildford to ask if they had time to talk with me about options for owning a new guitar as a complete beginner. Not only did they spend time with me, they built a custom “package” of stuff based on some of the things I already have as a drummer. More on this when it arrives and I do an unboxing.
So I start my guitar journey again, with a new guitar and the promise of a year of learning in front of me.
My goal is to be able to play something by the end of the year. I’m not planning on performing, ever, on guitar. You’ll notice I have not said “never”. ;o)