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Alex6strings - Road Case
« on: October 05, 2020, 02:28:14 am »
I don't have much gear or that many photos from my past but I do have a story and I figure I'll dig up some pics etc along the way and maybe do a video or two playing some of the songs that shaped my playing when I was young...
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In the beginning....
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My guitar journey started out a long time ago so we have to go back somewhere around 39 years ago I guess.  I'm currently 47.  This is how I remember it.  Mrs B, my 3rd grade teacher comes to class one day with a guitar case.   I was too busy picking my nose and pulling girls hair to notice but I remember thinking Mrs Buckley must play the piano.   Anyway that day she breaks out an acoustic guitar and sings some songs to the class.  I was pretty darn impressed with Mrs B and being the music loving 8 year old i was. (Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley were my favorites at this age but I had seen Tommy Emmanuel playing on a Saturday night TV show which awe struck me)  I said to Mrs B, I want to play guitar.   She said well if you want I can give you a book and you can take one of the schools guitars home tonight and practice then see if you want to continue to learn (standard nylon string school guitar, I picked the big one cause little one looked like a toy)   She said as long as you bring it back to school tomorrow, 'yeah yeah whatever Miss' I said.
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So when I graduated year 6 from what we call Primary School at 11 or 12 years old I handed that guitar back in, but for over 3 years it lived with me in my bedroom and I played it every day. (after chopping wood, feeding chickens, feeding and rugging horses etc etc. ) So by the time I started high school I could really play guitar.  High school to me was about playing basketball and playing guitar.  I lived in the music room.  My music teacher was a guitar player and played in a local band so I learned heaps from him.  Although I didn't have guitar lessons at all and still never have, I did have drum lessons and because we lived on a large property I hosted our 'school' bands practice sessions so I acquired a drum kit and started really getting into the drums a lot.  It was a recession in Australia and I was given nothing by my parents and still didn't own a guitar.  The drum kit I acquired was a loaner.   And I paid for lessons working at the local supermarket on Saturday mornings carrying groceries. I still love to play drums.  My parents still don't like me. lol.
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Somewhere during my first year of highschool word gets around my huge family that i'm a musical kid and i play guitar but haven't got one.   My oldest step sister who was probably 25 years old turns up at our property one day, she was carrying a 'George Washburn' guitar case.  I'm on the verandah and I yell out 'hey Sheree show me your guitar'   She says, 'it's not mine'   I was disappointed and thought, i'm not even gonna get to see it.  Sheree was pretty cool, hippie type, cool musical friends...... as she got to the steps I said, 'Who's is it?'   she said, 'Yours'    I couldn't believe it.  I had this massive big ole washburn dreadnaught with 100 year old strings on it that actually did make my fingers bleed several times.   I was still a little foreign to the subtitles of the guitar care such as 'changing strings' I'd used my previous schools nylon string for 3 years with the same 5 strings, yeah 5.   I loved this guitar so much, and I still love my oldest step sister for what she did.  I saw her the other day.   This guitar made me sound like the radio, not a kid at school playing a school guitar.   I was off...
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Over the next 4 years of high school I became much better at playing the guitar, electric guitar in particular.  I became quite a decent drummer for my age.  I played in and ran the school band for a few years.  I played for many older students High School Certificate exams.  I also learned some mandolin, banjo, bass and a little piano but they were all just as part of doing music at school, the guitar though I was getting quite handy at. .to be continued........
"Hand me a guitar and I'll play the blues, it's the place i automatically go"  EC

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Re: Alex6strings - Road Case
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2020, 05:34:08 am »
You weave a great yarn, Alex, thanks for sharing it.

Looking forward to hearing it unfold further plus some pics and even some clips.

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« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2020, 07:23:43 am »
That's a great background story Alex, and I look forward to reading the continuing story.

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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2020, 08:33:32 am »
That’s an interesting way to start Alex, I think that you had the desire and dedication very early on which really makes the difference. The interest in other instruments also helps, especially drums - I think that all guitarists should do some drumming as part of learning, it helps with keeping time, with body part independence and confidence to lead. It’s been a part that I am lacking but who knows I might just get some digital ones and have a go!

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« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2020, 12:33:18 pm »
Oh wow such an interesting read, can't wait for the next chapter! No wonder you're so damned good, you've been playing for longer than I have been alive!

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« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2020, 12:34:21 pm »
The interest in other instruments also helps, especially drums - I think that all guitarists should do some drumming as part of learning, it helps with keeping time, with body part independence and confidence to lead. It’s been a part that I am lacking but who knows I might just get some digital ones and have a go!

I strongly agree with that. Rhythm and timing are super, super important, and even just learning the basics on drums is helpful. I'm not a "real drummer," but I do have a practice pad and a digital drum kit (Yamaha DTX400 kit) that I used to learn some of the basics. If you're at all interested in drums, I'd say go for it! I think it can only help your timing, and that translates directly to other instruments like guitar.

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Re: Alex6strings - Road Case
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2020, 02:07:39 pm »
A great read Alex. Looking forward to the next chapter!
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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2020, 07:24:55 pm »
Wow thanks everyone.  I wasn't sure how my story would be received, thank you.   Warning, the story does take some wrong turns and it does get a little bumpy so there's that to think about if you keep reading.   :o  Not right now, but it starts to spice up next post.
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It's funny when you sit down and work it out.  I don't remember too much before the guitar but for some reason always thought I was 10 or 12 when I started to play.  But working it out year 3 at school here is 8 or 9 so that's when I changed schools and had Mrs B.   I honestly never in my wildest dreams thought I'd be a middle aged man still in love with this instrument and still picking away each day.   I never really tried to learn guitar, I tried not to learn several times, but to learn guitar just makes sense, when i stop it feels wrong.   When I become 'detached' from the guitar I suffer.   
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I never want to stop learning and although learning looks differently to me now that it ever has, it's still learning.   I learn more about feel and dynamics and emotion and connection with my playing every day.    I'm certainly not what i would call a theory buff but I know guitar theory kinda well I suppose.   By that i mean I know how to construct chords over the fretboard, obviously i know each note and can see all the pentatonic maj/min and all their patterns and positions. Same with major/minor scales and modes.  The caged system is the one thing that really opened up my knowledge and playing I guess.  This is what I call guitar theory.  Music theory I have a 4th year highschool level knowledge.. not much.
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If feels like yesterday but wow it's been a while.... next chapter post in a few days. I know there are pictures in existence with one of my parents or step parents of me on stage at school both drumming and guitar playing.. I'm on it. Thanks again. 
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« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2020, 11:08:53 pm »
Great story Alex, looking forward to the next instalment.
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« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2020, 02:52:05 am »
Love your story Alex, thanks for the telling. 
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