Never Give Up

by Jan P
(Seattle, WA)

I have dabbled in music since a child, but never to any serious level. I started with the organ, rhythm guitar, and then piano all as a child.

Put it all away for 35 years and then decided to take up guitar again when I was over 50 years young. Mostly to accompany singing in the retirement home I was interning at. I spent 4 years with a great guy just humming and strumming, but I never felt things were right and I did not play much at all between lessons so really did not learn much.

Then one vacation I decided to take along some books.... the Beatles, Guitar for Fun, a Spanish guitar book, and Aaron Shearer's Classical Guitar Book Level 1. I could read music and quickly went through the entire classical book. I knew this was it.

I fell in love with the classical style and intentionally set out to find me a Classical master on my return to Seattle. I asked around and ended up with the best instructor I can ever imagine. He lived a 3 minute ride from me and was willing to teach me before I went to work at 7:30 am.

My search for a classical guitar was also interesting. My husband had 1965 Goya Flamenco guitar, but it was a bit large for me. So I went on a search. Tears came to my eyes when the young man at Rosewood Guitar played a $5,000 guitar (used) at the beautiful sound. Tears came to my husband's eyes when I told him the price so I was challenged with finding a new guitar for under $1,000 that sounded like a $5,000 guitar..........

Lo and behold, and thanks to the internet, I did. I found a wonderful Gustavo Arias at ClassicalGuitar.com hand built in Paraguay which was a full size body but a 'Senorita' length fretboard which works well for me. My guitar and me have become one over the past 4 plus years.

For the past 4.5 years I have studied and played every day. For the first time in my life and I am now in my late 50's, I have memorized pieces, understand theory (some at least) and have a repertoire that I can play.

During this whole process, I learned about the value of practicing. That we all practice whatever we do all of the time. Salesmen practice selling, managers practice managing, parents practice parenting.....and players practice playing....

I now play daily......I don't perform....... but I practice and those around me love to hear it.... mistakes and all..... the sound is so beautiful and those listening hear exactly what they need to hear.

I don't plan on being a virtuosa, and I have yet to 'perform' a piece, but I play... and I have learned its never to late to start, never to hard to learn ANYTHING and I won't give up.

Don't give up, don't ever give up on anything worth doing.

What a positive post! Congratulations Jan, I love hearing posts like this, it really makes my day :)) A great lesson for us all.

Kind regards,
Trevor M.

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Sep 28, 2010
Never Give Up
by: Peter

I got my first guitar when I was 16. I never learned to play it. I got my second guitar when I was 50. Never learned to play it. Sold it to a friend. Got my third guitar when I was 57. Took lessons.

Had open heart surgery and stopped playing. Last year, after two years of recovery (only really needed one year but...) bought my next guitar. Still taking lessons. Still suck but I'm still playing.

Going to stop typing now and go play for an hour :) Thanks for the message.

Sep 26, 2010
by: Anonymous

This is yet more proof that the classical guitar is an instrument to get hooked on. You don't need an audience to enjoy playing. Once in awhile one is nice, but it's the act of being able to play a piece well that makes it all so rewarding.

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