I decided to start this blog because I’m a late comer to learning the guitar. I’m not sure where I’m going to go with it, but for now I’ll just post about my experiences with taking up the guitar at a later than normal time in life.
I’m a 36 year old photographer in San Francisco California. I’ve always loved guitars. If I had my way I’d have a room full of guitars of all types. To be honest, I’m not 100% new to the guitar. I’ve actually been playing here and there most of my life. I first took lessons when I was about 11 years old. But, as with most things kids do, I didn’t stick with it… I was much more interested in going out causing trouble around town on my skateboard. The requisite practicing never took place and the lessons didn’t last long… I think I expected to instantly be good at the guitar and when that didn’t happen I lost interest.
I never got rid of my guitar and at a few other points in my life I attempted take it up again. Usually because I saw some cool looking guitar and decided I wanted it. I think this happened when I was 16, 19, and 27. Each of those times I bought a new guitar, tried to learn a few songs and then quickly gave up after getting frustrated that I wasn’t progressing as quickly as I liked. I basically learned enough to play a few cords (the typical G, C, D, E chords) and a few intros to some Led Zeppelin songs.
This time is no different I guess in that I saw a cool guitar I liked and bought it with the hopes of being able to play it. This time however is a bid different because I’m actually taking lessons and not just trying to figure things out on my own. And, I made an even bigger investment in the guitars this time around, so if I don’t learn to play them (yes “them,” I have a few and I’ll write about them soon) I’ll feel a bit like and idiot for spending so much money on them. They hang on my wall in my living room and when I don’t play them they seem to be mocking me, making me feel guilty for letting them go to waste.
Right now I know there is exactly one person reading this blog, me. But hopefully that will change if I can find a good direction for the blog. I’m not so narcissistic to think that anything I do is so damn interesting that it needs to be written about. I’m doing this because I think it could be an interesting journal of a late comers progress at learning the guitar and may even be of interest to other people taking up the guitar.