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Postby Oldbones » Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:19 am

How many times, I wonder, and from how many mouths, have come the words "I never found enough time to practise". And how many times, I wonder, have folks owned up to the probable truth behind those utterances - that in reality they were just too damned lazy to really settle down to the graft of learning to play?

Mea culpa.

So here I now sit. A 68 year-old newbie to the forum, with a lifelong love of guitars and guitarists (in a non-naughty way) and just about competent. Fingers ache, but not as much as knees, and one finger can't feel anything since I sliced through the nerve with a Stanley Knife blade. I've a guitar in almost every room of the house and I usually doodle and noodle (in a non-naughty way) every day.

Sad or what?

No - not really.
Not at all, in fact.

I long ago gave up feeling regretful about all the times I could have tried to find time to practise, and instead find massive amounts of comfort and enjoyment in noodling around and occasionally landing on a phrase or chord sequence which I happily pursue to see where it can lead me. An ailing memory means that I often forget them after a week or so if I forget to write them down, so at least they're always still there to be rediscovered at some future time.

And then, of course, there is the pleasure of watching, listening to and trying to learn from a whole bevy of guitar heroes and heroines - some still here, some long gone. Among that 'bevydom', of course, is Gordon. He may recall from a comment I posted on Youtube a long time ago, that I'm not an especial fan of what I call his occasional bursts of 'twiddling', but that aside, his music and feel for a great melodic line have never been less than inspirational.

So, after finding the forum as part of searching for information about a couple of JHS Vintage 12 string signature guitars, that's mainly why this this particular Oldbones has now landed here .

I'm looking forwards to browsing the whole forum and hopefully encountering others who have similar interests to me in the way of guitar music and great guitarists.

Now I'll go and dip these oldboney fingers in some warm water to get them moving again.

Aaaaaaahh.
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Re: Oldbones

Postby Roger USA » Fri Mar 14, 2014 11:40 pm

Hi "Oldbones"

Welcome to the forum!

All the Best,

Roger

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Re: Oldbones

Postby AndrewD » Fri Mar 21, 2014 8:40 pm

I'll echo that. I am a keen player but have struggled to "get" the time to practice in recent months (years) but that's because other things have proven to be more improtant or of a higher priority. I don't feel guilty about it as I know I will get back to it. Plus, when I do pick up an instrument I get such a thrill from playing it. It'll all come round in the end.

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Re: Oldbones

Postby GORDON » Sat Mar 22, 2014 1:17 pm

Oldbones wrote:How many times, I wonder, and from how many mouths, have come the words "I never found enough time to practise". And how many times, I wonder, have folks owned up to the probable truth behind those utterances - that in reality they were just too damned lazy to really settle down to the graft of learning to play?

Mea culpa.

So here I now sit. A 68 year-old newbie to the forum, with a lifelong love of guitars and guitarists (in a non-naughty way) and just about competent. Fingers ache, but not as much as knees, and one finger can't feel anything since I sliced through the nerve with a Stanley Knife blade. I've a guitar in almost every room of the house and I usually doodle and noodle (in a non-naughty way) every day.

Sad or what?

No - not really.
Not at all, in fact.

I long ago gave up feeling regretful about all the times I could have tried to find time to practise, and instead find massive amounts of comfort and enjoyment in noodling around and occasionally landing on a phrase or chord sequence which I happily pursue to see where it can lead me. An ailing memory means that I often forget them after a week or so if I forget to write them down, so at least they're always still there to be rediscovered at some future time.

And then, of course, there is the pleasure of watching, listening to and trying to learn from a whole bevy of guitar heroes and heroines - some still here, some long gone. Among that 'bevydom', of course, is Gordon. He may recall from a comment I posted on Youtube a long time ago, that I'm not an especial fan of what I call his occasional bursts of 'twiddling', but that aside, his music and feel for a great melodic line have never been less than inspirational.

So, after finding the forum as part of searching for information about a couple of JHS Vintage 12 string signature guitars, that's mainly why this this particular Oldbones has now landed here .

I'm looking forwards to browsing the whole forum and hopefully encountering others who have similar interests to me in the way of guitar music and great guitarists.

Now I'll go and dip these oldboney fingers in some warm water to get them moving again.

Aaaaaaahh.


Hi there.

Do remind me of your YOUTUBE comment! Best.G.

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Re: Oldbones

Postby Roger » Sat Mar 22, 2014 11:40 pm

Belated welcome to the forum Oldbones :D

Roger
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Re: Oldbones

Postby piotrwargan » Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:04 am

Welcome to the forum Oldbones :-).
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