Remember me talking about my find at my local Goodwill. The $30.00 guitar? Well about a year ago I had one of the strings break on it. Since I bought the guitar, I always wondered why did it have the nylon strings and not steel. Actually I thought someone made a mistake and put on the wrong strings or put on strings for a kid or something. A couple of the strings were the regular steel looking type and the rest were nylon. Well as I said, I took off the strings and put on a fresh pair of steel strings, I’m golden right? Wrong. I’ll get to that in a bit.

As I said in the last post, I put the guitar away and hadn’t even looked at it since some time in 2010. My wife bought my daughter Ashley and I a beginner guitar lesson DVD/CD combo. Oh I forgot to tell you about Ashley and how she got into guitar so to speak as well.

A couple years ago, we went with a bunch of family to Cedar Point Amusement park. We had a great time riding all the rides and I even got on the Raptor for the first time, (That was Fun). After I got off the Raptor with my other daughter Alyssia, we located Ashley along with my Aunt and a few of our young cousins. They were at the games area. As we walk up, they are all screaming and excited. Apparently Ashley had just one a choice prize at one of those ring toss games and the game host was making his announcement. “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE HAVE ANOTHER CHOICE WINNERRRRRRR”. She had a choice between a couple of different stuffed animals and a guitar. She chose the guitar. For it to be a prize at an amusement park, it actually was pretty nice. It is a Fender Stratocaster type electric. I took it to the car and locked it up and she had fun the rest of the evening showing all the family her nice prize. Later on that year we got her a few accessories for it, amp, case, etc.

Now back to the present. Here we both are, guitars in hand, lessons needed, pronto. Otherwise the bending of out of tune strings just may kill us all.
I’ll continue with my next post on how things are going.

Always Remember…You don’t have permission to Quit

Jeffrey Washington

You might remember when I wrote about getting out of my comfort zone and trying something different. How I spoke of moving way out of that proverbial box to do the repair on my truck’s engine. Well recently we had our first significant snow storm. It was about 4″ and a bit slushy. I was able to drive my truck with no problems. If you read the repair posts, I spoke of how I couldn’t drive my truck in this type of whether before the repair and new tires because the idle was so high it felt quite dangerous to drive. Maybe I should talk about this in its own post. I like that idea…well, I digress.

Back to jumping out of the box. I got an big sense of accomplishment doing the truck repair and it gave me that same feeling that I get after doing the Crim 10 mile race or a half marathon. That if I put my mind to something that I have interest in, I can do just about anything. So I asked myself, self, what would I like to do next? The answer was, learn to play a guitar. I figured that would be nice to do. I’ve had a guitar of some sort since I was a kid, but I’ve never taken the time or put in the effort to learn how to play. At this point, I would just love to be able to play a few short songs and strum along and sound rather nice, well at least to me.

Years ago, I had a decent electric guitar, but sold it to a relative at a garage sale. I’ve regretted it ever since. I’ve always wanted an acoustic guitar, so one day, while shopping at one of my favorite stores, Goodwill, wink, wink, I saw an acoustic guitar in a hard case. It was a Yamaha and looked to be in good condition. It was $30.00, my type of price. I bought it and came home with it and hadn’t done anything since for the most part. As this new feeling or desire to play came about, I took the guitar out cleaned it off a bit and tried strumming. I wanted to do more than I’d done in the past, so I ordered an electronic tuner. The guitar had a tuning fork and I had a pitch pipe, but it never seemed to sound very good. After getting the tuner, I was amazed how out of tune the guitar was and how good it sounded when it was done correctly.

Tune in next time and find out what I’ve learned about this Goodwill guitar find.

Always Remember…You don’t have permission to Quit.

Jeffrey Washington

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