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Guitar Lessons – a long time coming

Many years ago, I was in my car listening to ZZ Top playing Rough Boy.  When they got to the incredible guitar solo in the middle, and then another one at the end, I was drifting off into hyperspace.  It’s an excellent solo and it suddenly struck a chord (pun intended) with me.

About two days later I went to a guitar shop and bought a guitar.  After hearing that solo, and playing it many times, over and over again, I decided that I wanted to be able to do that.   It was an almost primaeval urge.  I needed to be able to play that music!  So I walked out of that shop armed with a used Yamaha Pacifica electric guitar.  About a week later, I bought a fender amplifier and I was all set.

Unfortunately at the time I was working freelance and barely had any time to myself, and [Read more…]

August 21, 2012 · Phil Rogers · No Comments
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Making Learning Guitar More Interesting

Now that my son, Aleksandr, has had 3 guitar lessons, I have dusted off my guitars and I am practicing along with him. This has a few useful effects.

The first is that it makes it more interesting for Aleksandr to have somebody to practice with – within a few weeks we should be able to play rhythm and lead together, which is bound to be encouraging.

The second is that we have found that he practices longer if we play together.

The third is that I am able to follow what he his learning, so for the price of lessons for him, two people are learning.

Finally, I have a useful trick up my sleeve that makes the practice more interesting. Aleksandr is being taught to play Deep Purple’s Smoke On The Water. Yes, it’s the ubiquitous first tune that almost everyone learns. The thing is that it is [Read more…]

May 30, 2012 · Phil Rogers · No Comments
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Dusting off the Guitars

Many years ago I heard an excellent guitar solo by ZZ Top. It was in their song Rough Boy. At the time I was listening to their Greatest Hits album in the car and I was suddenly off in hyperspace. I decided at the time that I would really love to be able to play that. Shortly afterwards, I bought a used Yamaha Pacifica electric guitar. I then set about finding a guitar teacher.

I had 6 lessons and then my work took me to another city nearly 600 miles away. Finding a new teacher there was impossible. They all had long waiting lists, so the guitar playing was put on hold. After a year, I moved back to my old town but time constraints meant that I just didn’t have the time to sit and practice – let alone have lessons.

Now, many [Read more…]

May 14, 2012 · Phil Rogers · No Comments
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