April 18, 2012
Judging from people's reactions, I'm advanced. I have too many gaping holes in my playing to ever be an expert, but I'm working on it.
I discovered it on the Internet.
I have a Taylor 713CE. It is the finest thing I've ever owned.
My father gave me a $75 Kay acoustic when I was 16 that he had bought at a pawn shop . He was no longer interested in playing it. It was cheap with a bolted on bridge and eventually deteriorated to the point where it couldn't be tuned. It had a beautiful sound, though, that guitarists frequently commented on. I suspect the soundboard may have been a single piece of wood. The country mansion I was living in back in my hippie commune days had an unfinished attic. I remember dropping it into a hollow space between walls after it appeared useless. I had met my future wife, and it was time to move on. If that house is still there, it is probably still in a wall somewhere. I wish I had kept it. It may have been salvageable in some way.
I became a 'real' guitar player by reading a series of columns by Harold Roberts in Guitar Player magazine. Essentially he taught the 'CAGED' method, which I've seen ascribed to Joe Pass. After this I became one of 'those guys' who could hear a song on a record and figure out exactly what was going on. It also gave me the confidence to find work as a weekend warrior. More recently I took lessons from Towson based guitarist Tobias Hurwitz. He is a great guitarist and a great teacher. He can adapt to accommodate your questions and level of skill. Essentially he gave me a graduate school experience by allowing me to determine the direction of my lessons with my questions. I don't really have a favorite guitarist, I tend to be impressed by individual performances. I do think that Carlos Santana's work on 'Black Magic Woman' and Jimi Hendrix's work on 'All Along the Watchtower' are as close to divinity as man has yet to achieve, though.
I seem to have incarnated as some form of base corporeal entity structured on the ability of carbon atoms to form long chain molecules that are stable in a aqueous medium. Man! I'm hoping it's just some kind of weird flashback.
Really nice. I need to get out a play more often.