Back at it again
Hi, my name is Matt and I am finally playing again.
So let me explain that.....
I started playing guitar 13 years ago, in High School. I started out on a classical guitar, and moved up to a Squier Strat with a lil' practice amp.
Over the next few years after that, I also acquired a Washburn 12-string acoustic, an Ibanez Art Star Archtop, and a medium sized practice amp.
After getting married, having a kid or two, a full-time job, school, etc...I sold ALL the guitars and all gear and stopped playing.
Just about a year ago, a friend gave me a Yamaha acoustic she wasn't using at all. I picked it up and started playing again - sparingly. (In Church, mostly)
A few months ago, I picked up a cheap Banjo - which I have since replaced with a Deering Good Time - and am loving it.
I committed to playing more guitar (with my father-in-law).
Last week I ended up buying a Jay Turser JT-142 Archtop (with Bigsby), and a practice Amp for a mere $300, and am in love again!
Found this website and have been playing at least two hours every night for a week now.
I am on fire about playing once again. So much so that I Have not even practiced Banjo for a week now. :lol:
My practice is more structured now, which seems to be beneficial. I am moving away from just looking up tabs and learning to play the lead-ins for some songs, and moving toward actually learning some theory, std. notation, and full songs.
Thanks for this great forum - it played a big part in the last few days in keeping me entertained and excited.
That happened to me too, Matt - got married, had kids, sold guitars....with hindsight I'd have kept the guitars. Good to know that you're back playing, and more importantly, enjoying it - that's what it's all about!
Recidivism is a GOOD thing in the world of guitars.....
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"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)
Welcome aboard, enjoy your stay! Good to hear you're back at it! :)
Welcome to Guitar Noise, Matt! We look forward to seeing you around the forums! :D
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I've been working hard at getting my fingertip plating back.
Well I haven't had kids or anything yet but I did stop playing for about a year. I suppose I wasn't getting anywhere with my skills and my gear didn't encourage me either. So one bored day recently I picked up my guitar, about a week later I fixed the problem that caused me to stop, and now I'm playing often again.
I'm starting to dive into theory and things to, more of the education of music. I think I may be about to drown, but this site sure is helping.
Congrats on playing again and good luck.
Welcome to GN!
I am determined to read standard notation - again.
It's funny - when I first started out (guitar class in HS), we learned std notation and nothing else.
After that one year of classes, I started playing just by myself or in church, and those guys don't even use tabs (just lyrics and chord letters).
Never learned to play with a pick, either.
Getting to figure that out and be accurate.
So, I got a lot ahead of me.
And then I am learning Scruggs-Banjo on top of it all. I love it!
I want to pick up a fiddle. :mrgreen:
All these finger gym exercises are starting to pay off.
I am getting much better with using my pinky and doing it quicker.
I've even gotten better at playing with a pick.
I am still waiting on my guitar book to come in, but I received my Banjo book yesterday and have been playing out of that.
Reading std notation ftw!
welcome back to the guitar Matt.
“The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn” - David Russell (Scottish classical Guitarist. b.1942)
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