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Old 11-25-2017, 06:28 PM   #11
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I have heard similar stories to my own.

When you first pick up a guitar it automatically has a hold over you, you don't want to put it down, it occupies most of your thoughts. You play beyond the pain in your finger tips & wrists , you are bewitched. You can't wait to get away from work, school, & people so you can play your guitar. If your schedule allows, you play for hours everyday. You don't need motivation-you are completely addicted. You can never imagine no longer owning a guitar or playing music. It's in your blood. It changes you.
Damn, I thought you were writing a romance novel!
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Old 11-25-2017, 07:23 PM   #12
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Damn, I thought you were writing a romance novel!
It is a romance, a love affair with the guitar....sometimes you hate it & want to destroy it & other times you make beautiful music together.

Don't you have some ravioli to boil?
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Old 11-25-2017, 07:33 PM   #13
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I love music.
That right there is the key ingredient...that sums it up. I think most of us take this for granted, but this is essential. This became apparent to me when I was in a band with somebody that wanted to play in a band, was taking lessons, and was pretty decent. She was missing that one key ingredient that really drives you forward...a love of music. It's more than just "I like to turn on the radio in the background"...it's when you hear a song and you immediately work out in your head "is this something I could play?". It's when you can spend an evening only listening to music. She was missing that...and it showed in her playing, it showed in her enthusiasm in the band, and it showed in her progress as a musician.

Like Mr. Reems...I love music...all sorts of music. What initially compelled me to play was the excitement of being able to recreate some of the sounds I heard on my favorite records. Then I discovered the joy of playing in a full band with my friends and I was hooked. Some 35 years later, I'm still at it and still haven't lost that joy.

So why do I play guitar? Because I can't imagine myself NOT playing guitar. I still can't "play it proper", but I can make a happy noise. You don't have to be a master musician to get joy from playing and sharing music.
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Old 11-25-2017, 07:36 PM   #14
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I have heard similar stories to my own.

When you first pick up a guitar it automatically has a hold over you, you don't want to put it down, it occupies most of your thoughts. You play beyond the pain in your finger tips & wrists , you are bewitched. You can't wait to get away from work, school, & people so you can play your guitar. If your schedule allows, you play for hours everyday. You don't need motivation-you are completely addicted. You can never imagine no longer owning a guitar or playing music. It's in your blood. It changes you.
Yup!
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Old 11-25-2017, 08:48 PM   #15
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That right there is the key ingredient...that sums it up. I think most of us take this for granted, but this is essential. This became apparent to me when I was in a band with somebody that wanted to play in a band, was taking lessons, and was pretty decent. She was missing that one key ingredient that really drives you forward...a love of music. It's more than just "I like to turn on the radio in the background"...it's when you hear a song and you immediately work out in your head "is this something I could play?". It's when you can spend an evening only listening to music. She was missing that...and it showed in her playing, it showed in her enthusiasm in the band, and it showed in her progress as a musician.

Like Mr. Reems...I love music...all sorts of music. What initially compelled me to play was the excitement of being able to recreate some of the sounds I heard on my favorite records. Then I discovered the joy of playing in a full band with my friends and I was hooked. Some 35 years later, I'm still at it and still haven't lost that joy.
The feeling of being in the music and having it all come together with an ensemble is an amazing feeling. Totally euphoric and addicting!!

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So why do I play guitar? Because I can't imagine myself NOT playing guitar. I still can't "play it proper", but I can make a happy noise. You don't have to be a master musician to get joy from playing and sharing music.
Number one rule of music: If it sounds good, it is good. If you're making the noise you want to make, that's playing it proper for the application!
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Old 11-25-2017, 09:17 PM   #16
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Old 11-25-2017, 10:05 PM   #17
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As others have mentioned. I really really do LOVE music. It is such a big part of my life. The best feeling is making music. That can be pure joy.

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Old 11-26-2017, 12:23 AM   #18
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I play guitar because I like the sound it makes. I am not a spectator and I would rather play it myself rather than watch someone else play. However, I do listen to other guitarists in order to choose styles and timbre. Well, that's the way it has been for the last 50 years. Maybe tomorrow I might change my mind.

Additional comment: I play guitar because I hate BANJOS.
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Old 11-26-2017, 03:17 AM   #19
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Old 11-26-2017, 03:43 AM   #20
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I have disabilities, it keeps me alive......
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