Guess what I’ve learned about my Yamaha guitar. It’s not just a regular acoustic after all. It’s a classical or flamenco guitar. I learned this in the guitar DVD course that my wife gave us. It showed a picture of a guitar just like the one I had and said it was a 1/2 sized guitar. Hmmmm, that’s strange. This little snippet of information made me decide to look up the guitar number on the internet and see what I could find. Wouldn’t you know, it’s not just an acoustic. And those strings were supposed to be on the guitar and the reason it doesn’t have a pick guard is because it is supposed to be played with my fingers. As you can tell by now, I’m learning all sorts of interesting things about guitars. I even learned that because I had the wrong strings on the classical Yamaha, it could rip out the bridge at the bottom where the strings attach to the guitar. Oh crap.

I immediately loosened up the strings and began the quest to get some new nylons and install them right away.

Around the time all this is happening, it’s right after Thanksgiving 2011 and I found a deal at Guitar Center for a Fender Squire Guitar with all the accessories. You know one of those all in one deals that suck you into the black hole of a purchase. I’m sure it is not the best guitar by far, but that isn’t what I’m looking for anyway. I decided to purchase myself a Christmas gift. Now the hard part was looking at the box for a month until I could open it. I always try to remind myself that delayed gratification can be a good thing. We don’t always have to have everything just as soon as we see it. It also left me with the option of returning it if I realized I wasn’t as committed as I thought.

Next step…I’ve gotta figure out this lessons thing.

Always Remember…You don’t have permission to Quit

Jeffrey W. Washington

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2 Responses to Trying something new, learning guitar #3

  • Tammy says:

    I think it is WONDERFUL that you waited until Christmas to open the gift you got yourself. Did you wrap it up, put it under the tree and label it “To Jeffrey from Santa”? Not that I ever would have done something like that ……

    This DVD is quite the educational tool. At least you learned about the strings before you did damage to the Yamaha. Enjoy your Fender and the learning process.

    • I didn’t wrap it up because it was about 4 feet tall and I figured it would be better to save the paper for the real gifts. I did put it near the tree and It made looking forward to Christmas all the better.

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