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 years later, I have a son who wants to play guitar, and he has just started having lessons. So I have decided to dust off my old guitars and learn along with him. He now attends the Academy of Contemporary Music Regional school in Bournemouth.

One thing that I found when having the few lessons that I had, was that it was quite boring. Of course, you expect to learn simple tunes, but do all the books and tutors really have to churn out “On the Banks of the Ohio”, “Yankee Doodle”, “Ode to Joy” and “Greensleeves” ?

While my son was at his lesson, we heard people playing songs by the Beatles, Oasis and Jessie J. That’s more like it! Teach the sort of music that people want to play, instead of the boring tunes that seem to be trotted out in all the books. I know my son is more likely to keep his interest if he learns to play modern pop songs, and so shall I.

I don’t know if I’ll ever learn to play ZZ Top’s “Rough Boy”, or various other favourite guitar tracks by Pink Floyd, but I’m going to do my best with the little time I have available to practice. Maybe I should keep a guitar in the back of the car and practice during my lunch breaks – it’s probably the only real spare time that I have.

May 14, 2012 · Phil Rogers · No Comments
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