I like guitars. I blog about a bunch of stuff, but I can’t believe I neglected adding a guitar category before now. Perhaps because I’m back to rocking out again, I’ve been more aware of guitars and music in general.
I have always loved music from an early age, and the guitar has always been my favorite instrument. Of course I wanted to learn how to play. I took a class in school because I needed 2 music electives one year. We did the Mel Bay “Marry Had a Little Lamb” crap and I skimmed through only sort-of learning to read music while I bought guitar magazines and learned my favorite riffs by tab at home or from the kids in the guitar class who already knew how to play & were taking it for an easy A.
I was also learning at church camp… the minister in charge used to play campfire standards & hymns for the sing-alongs, and taught me how to play chords to a whole song instead of the riffs that I was used to half-assedly piecing together. I think through this is where I first felt comfortable singing & playing at the same time. I remember that being a huge obstacle at one point, but now it almost seems ridiculous.
I took lessons at a music store for a while, and it was cool… but basically I learned 1 scale and how to play by ear. It wasn’t very structured, and I wasn’t a great student. I just wanted to rock… not learn.
Around the same time, I re-discovered punk rock. I had always been a fan of pop rock, punk rock, metal, & more… but when I learned that I could pop in the Misfits or Ramones and play along to the whole record, something just clicked. I fell into a three-chord way of life… and discovered that I didn’t need to be a great guitar player. Sure, there’s always room to improve, but I’m not trying to be Yngwie Malmsteen or Jimi Hendrix or anything.
With the punk re-awakening that I had, I wanted to write songs and be in a band. Playing the guitar was the means to that end. Luckily this was happening at the same time for me as some other good friends & eventually AiXeLsyD was born. I’ve played on & off in a handful of bands & projects since then and been part of a few different scenes. I’m very thankful for being introduced all the people that I’ve met through those endeavors. There’s a weird bond with other people in bands that you just don’t get if you’re not part of the whole thing. It’s like a weird brotherhood or religion or secret club… even within that I guess there are still more than a few who still don’t get it once they’re in it, but that’s a whole other blog.
This went a different direction than I intended, but you’ll have that. Maybe I’ll blog more about the band experience… I’ve had a few standard rants about bands over the years that I’ll have to rehash here.
My original intent was just to say that I was going to start blogging about guitars. I love guitars. I like to play all kinds, I’d love to own them all. I like normal guitars, but I gravitate toward the weird ones. I’ll blog about all of them here. Hopefully it’ll spark some discussions, awe, and ire.