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If you have read any of my other articles you know that I love my classic rock. This time I want to relate what it feels like to play a musical instrument. I play classic rock guitar and keyboard rather badly and I sing even worse. My wife Cathy will agree with that statement completely.
If Cathy knew this about me; why would she go out and spend her own money to buy me a good twelve string guitar? This guitar is one that my son, who is an excellent musician, loves to play. The answer is that I enjoy playing; even if no one else enjoys hearing it. Cathy knows that and that’s all she needed to know.
What I tell people is that I have been playing first year guitar for over forty-five years. To tell you the truth that is probably an insult to all first year guitar players in the world. Be that as it may; when I pick up my guitar and play my simplified version of “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals or “Squeeze Box” by The Who I’m living the dream and enjoying every minute of it. It even makes me think I can carry a tune.
It is the same with my plastic one hundred dollar keyboard. I play a very simple melody with one hand and basic chords with the other and it sounds great to me. I’ll put that thing on organ and hit the high notes in Billy Joel’s “Innocent Man” or keep it on piano for Elton John’s “Daniel” and the music will make me feel great.
My point is that you don’t have to have great talent to get a great thrill out of playing music. Just by learning a few basic chords and a little melody and you can experience the wonderful feeling of having the music flow through you. Pick an instrument and rent one if you just want to try it out, or buy one second hand; there isn’t a reason to put a lot of money into it. Play music and feel what it can do for you.