I have always been a big fan of music. Since I was a small child, I was drawn to the guitar sounds of Jimi Hendrix, Prince, and Ernie Isley. As I grew older, my cousin introduced me to bands such as AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Aerosmith, and ZZ Top. I loved these groups and mimicked them as best as I could with my air guitar. I longed for a real guitar, but my mother didn’t have the money to buy me one or pay for lessons. So I put my dreams of becoming a guitar virtuoso aside.
I continued to listen to great guitarists such as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Wes Montgomery, and Stanley Jordan. They fueled my passion until I could afford my own guitar.
Although I could have bought myself a guitar in my 20s or 30s, family, career, social obligations made me postpone my dream once again. The thing that motivated me to finally pursue my passion was an outdoor concert. I hadn’t planned on attending the concert, but I was walking by the park where it was held and the music drew me in. I was immediately blown away by a guitarist named Texas Johnny Brown. His guitar skills were amazing. I was even more impressed that he was 83 years old. At that moment, I decided to buy myself a guitar and start learning how to play. I was 40 years old.
I’ve been playing for a few years now and my skills are basic at best, but I’m pleased that I finally achieved my goal of playing the guitar.
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