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up119

Member Since 09 Jan 2011
Offline Last Active Jan 19 2012 04:20 AM
Love your guitar. Change the strings at least every quarter if not every month. You'll apreciate the crisp sound of new strings. Somthing that is easy to procrastinate about. Updated 01 Jan · 0 comments

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I learned to play the guitar when I was 10. My mother took me to lessons and I worked at practicing every day. I learned to read music, they didn't have tabs then. But I often found that my instructors were limited on what they could teach, and I would become discouraged as I felt that there was no way to go to the next step. Over the years I would work at learning new material and developed some techniques in my playing. I would say that I played better than most, but I was my harshest critic, and I would convince myself that I wasn't good enough. Over the course of 45 years, I would pick up the guitar and play then quit when I didn't measure up to what I thought I should be capable of. A little over a year ago, I needed to find something that I did for myself. Working full time and going to grad school full time elevated the stress level to an all-time high. So I picked up the guitar and started again. One thing it taught me was that I was better than I thought the last time I quit. I dug in and found the solution to my stress. I played every chance I got. For my birthday last year, my spouse bought me 3 guitars and an amp. In the last year I added more electronics, another larger amp, and made part of my learning the study of a wide variety of professional guitarist. I will never quit playing as long as I'm alive. I have improved so much, and yearn to learn so much more. But one thing that I have come to realize is that you don't have to be the best to enjoy playing. It doesn't matter what someone else can do, you only have to be satisfied with your playing. Through music you can express yourself, communicate your feelings and tell your story.

I will continue to go to school as I have applied for a Ph.D. program, and I will still work fulltime, but the time I have set aside on a regular schedule to play is mine, and I am selfish. I love to hear the comments from my family and friends that hear my music. And it is my intent to share a very special side of my self through the songs I play. I cherish the time I give to my music, playing and study. I hope that you will come to value playing as an integral part of your life. There will always be things that come up that encroach on your playing time. But for the time you have to set aside your practice and study, comp yourself by setting additional time that same day or week. Don't let the world take that away from you. Always find the time. You’re worth it.

Now for the boring stuff. I have 10 years of military service. I have worked in the public sector for over 20 years. I've learned to do the things I'm passionate about. I am in a senior management position. I love my work and it means a lot to me to see the product of my efforts. I strive to see the hungry get fed working with our food bank. I've started a crisis intervention program for youth 8 to 17 so that they learn to develop self-esteem and develop a healthy outlook on life. I have the greatest kids (who need to get busy and settle down so that I can have grandchildren to spoil) and am married to the love of my life. I am curious about the world. I love to learn about sciences especially quantum physics and astrophysics (no that is not what my graduate work is in). Over all I love living and I work to make the most of every second but not to the point I'm going insane.

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    It just wouldn't be right if I didn't put playing my guitars as a main interest. So I love to play. I love a good mix of music, from Pink Floyd to John Denver. Accoustic and Electric. I would like to perform ( and yes, I'd love to get into the business). I seranade at the campgrouds when I camp in the summer. Getting together with some other musicians to jam. Flat and finger picking. Improving to play lead. Life, love and learning.

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