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Old 03-09-2008, 08:21 PM   #1
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Who is learning a new musical instrument after FIRE?

I built a couple of cigar-box guitars (& one out of a cardboard pizza box). Then, following the instructions from It's Easy to Build Your Own Lap Steel Guitar (Martin Koch, 2004), I built one.

However, I still have few musical skills:
  • Precious-little musical background
  • no musician friends (particularly on the lap steel)
  • no prior talent
  • no family history of music
  • already 65 years old
  • a tremor in my dominant left hand
  • screwy vision
  • I know only a little musical ‘vocabulary’ and ‘theory’
  • I don’t know Country from City
  • Can’t tell The Blues from The Reds
  • Don’t know Ragtime from Pastime
  • Can’t figure out Jazz from Razz
  • Don’t know Hawaiian from Lower Slabovian
  • Can’t tell Western Swing from Eastern Teeter-Totter
I do have:
  • A strong desire to have fun playing my musical instrument(s)
  • A homemade, DIY electric lap steel & small amp
  • a pretty good 'ear,'
  • a good memory for tunes
  • Being retired, I have more time for myself (but I share that time with my sexy young wife, motorcycle touring, national & international travel, armchair reading, home repairs & upgrades, medical appointments, DIY projects, etc.)
  • I have a modest budget for teaching fees, books and DVD’s
  • I can get around with a car, motor scooter or public transportation
  • I accept that my progress will probably take 2-3 times as long to learn, in comparison to other folks
  • I’ll probably only play ‘in public’ in the park, at a motel while on a motorcycle tour (they’ll never see me again) or on a street corner
My tastes in music are all over the landscape:
  • I have no interest in contemporary rock (heavy metal, punk, techno, etc.)
  • I have no interest in rap
  • I’m only marginally interested in C6-tuned country-western
  • I do like folk & ballad
  • historical
  • contemporary
  • Celtic
  • delta blues
  • fusion of musical cultures
  • medieval-renaissance-baroque-classical
  • some pop
  • a little older rock (50’s and 60’s);
  • parodies & satires of other tunes
  • 'dirty ditties’ & funny songs/tunes

I want to play:
  • for my lovely, sexy wife, now and then
  • for an occasional family member, friend or encountered person
  • mostly for myself.
  • I just want to make music! Happy, sad, lamenting, dirty, exalting, historical, contemporary, satirizing, red-hot, ice-cold wailing music.
  • I want to sing to my own playing, if only to something like “The Orange Blossom Special,” “Bi-Mix Number Nine,” “Black Is the Color,” “The Bricklayer’s Lament,” “Frobisher Bay” or “It Was Early Last December …”.
  • or just play “Nobody’s Fault But Mine,” “Say My Name,” …
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