There must be a ton of people who play guitar here, acoustic or electric, doesn't matter.....whats you're story?
When did you start?
Who influenced you or what made you buy your first guitar?
Have you or do you play in bands or just for pleasure at home?
What do you play? What instrument...what genre?
What tips would you pass on to anyone wishing to play?
That'll do for now
Ok i'll kick off with mine...
Had a guitar years ago when i was 18 (few years back as i was 40 yesterday
), tried to teach myself but for some reason couldn't grasp it. This
was before the days of YouTube vids and guitar forums. So i sacked it.
Roll forward 21 years and i decided to take it up again. I love all kinds of music but seeing my step-daughter performing live was a big influence,
and also my own kids. I wanted to do something i could pass onto them.
So i bought a cheap Yamaha, which is still my travelling baby, and learnt on that. Have just bought a new Takamine electro acoustic and i'm loving it.
Still very much a beginner mind, so i will have a lot to learn from many of you.
I can hold my own through the basic chords and many songs now, my fingertips are literaly dropping off with pain but i'm getting there.
So at the moment i play at home, but i did have my first public performance at the weekend. A local art cafe were having a buskers cafe but the
musician didn't turn up. I walked in with a guitar and they asked me if i wanted to play.
I declined at first as i am painfully shy when it comes to playing music in front of people, however after a few minutes of telling myself that "if my
13 year old can do it, so can you", i played instrumental for about 2 and a half hours to the cafe.
Just nice strumming and very basic
fingerpicking, but it did the job and boosted my confidence sky high.
Got the bug now
My influences would have probably stemmed from old and new bluegrass/country, but i like a lot of new artists such as Ben Howard and Johnny Flynn.
Mainly modern folk for me.
Tips for a newbie? Well i'm a newbie myself so what i've found helpfull is.....
Don't give up. Consistancy is the key...a little every day if you can and it will come....i promise!
Don't fret over whether you have an expensive Gibson, Taylor...whatever....just play what you can afford. I've seen people make a £5000 instrument
sound awful, and others play my £99 beat up Yamaha and make it sound world class. 99% of what you hear will be YOU making it sound like that.
Listen to the oldies Who are your influences? Bob Dylan? Chet Atkins? Stevie Vai? Clapton? Now go find out who thier influences were...and so on.
You'll find yourself emersed in a world of amazing talent that is unaffected by age. YouTube is a wealth or influences and also tutorials for
If you get the chance, play in public. If you have the confidence, join a group or go to open mic sessions. If not, start by sitting on a bench in
public and just playing to yourself. People will hear it, and they will comment on it. It doesn't feel like you are under pressure to perform but you
kind of are from yourself. Thats good, and you will try harder.
Pass what you know onto others. I did to my kids, and now they are better than me lol.
Most of all, have fun. Play with others, or just on your own of you wish, but relax and have fun.
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