Day 5 (a Song That Reminds You Of Someone)Well actually the song I chose for day 4 would probably be the best contender for this. But lets see if I can think of another.
Ah yes. My eldest brother was an absolutely brilliant guitarist. When I tried to pick up the guitar, he decided this would be a good one for me to learn. (well more like reluctantly agreed to teach me this one) Also he let me practice it on his own Fender Stratocaster. (wrong instrument for the piece but I loved that guitar) I practiced regularly and every time my fingers would bleed but I got addicted to guitar for a couple of months. I did eventually master this one but then promptly gave up the guitar. I came to regard it as just a form of self abuse. Too much blood. My 8 year old fingers were just too damned soft.
On the odd occaision in later life I had a go of that old guitar and found it much less painful. I also occaisonally played this piece on an acoustic and must agree that it was a much better sound for this song. I sometimes toyed with the idea of getting a guitar of my own but never did. Upon his death that old fender was passed down to my brothers step daughter. (not a single musical bone in her body) I doubt she spent more than five minutes playing around on it in her entire life. Am I bitter? Nah
Anyhow this is the only tune I learned note perfect on the guitar. But I think this was the only tune ANYONE ever taught me on ANY instrument. Obviously nowadays, I can't hear this song without remembering my brother. Personally I doublt that many would recommend this as the first song to learn on a guitar but it was the one I chose. My brother did warn me, however, that it was going to be hard to learn this one. ( he was right. I must have spent about a few hundred hours practicing this one)
DaveB1Kenobe 46-50, M 1 Response 0 Jul 4, 2011