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Postby neesah » February 5th, 2004, 5:30 am

Hi!

I have been lurking on these boards for a few months now, really enjoying how well done the site is and how supportive the boards are.

I have recently decided to take the plunge and go to Davids strumming seminar. I am wondering who else is going? I am quite excited about this learning experience.

A bit about me:
I am 47 and have owned a guitar since i was maybe 13. I liked folk music in those days, and tried playing Peter Paul and Mary songs, as well as some others. It is very hard for me, I have to work real hard for a little accomplishment. I learned a few songs, but without a teacher or friends who i could learn from (the only other person i knew with a guitar was a musical whiz, and her fingers flew!!! ...and i always felt so inadequate, i just couldn't play with her), I moved on to other interests.

Since then, i have picked up the guitar here and there, even taking lessons once. He was a great teacher, believing that if you loved the music and could hear it in your head, with work, it would come out your fingers. He inspired me, and i learned three Neil Young songs. This teacher worked the theory and technique learning into the songs. After just a couple months, though, his life changed, and he had to give up his students.

I needed a career change, so i completed my masters degree. Now, education finished, my job stable, my family stable, the guitar calls again. This time, i want to really answer the call!!!!!....

I have relearned what i knew before, plus a little more from hanging out here and i am ready now to move forward. I know a group of people who play neil young and we get together a few times a year. I have always been a spectator, but this year, i want to be up with the musicians. I will be more than satisfied if i can sit in the back with a chord book and strum along and sing. That is my goal for now!

I wonder if anyone else reading this is going to be at the seminar and would like to introduce themselves??
peace,
marilyn
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When the music calls, i'll be there....Scattered, NY

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turn to rust and dust. So I keep on moving..." 1988
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Postby dhodge » February 5th, 2004, 10:26 am

As host, I guess I should say that I'm going to be there!

I'm 46 (and a half! if that counts!) and have been playing since I was seventeen. The real fun of playing for me has always been in jamming with other people, regardless of age or style or ability. I think it's going to be a lot of fun meeting everyone and (hopefully) getting people to feel more comfortable with playing and learning lots of new things!

See you there!

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Postby corbind » February 5th, 2004, 11:10 am

Hey Neesah, I'm glad you finally registered so we can know it's you when you post.  Yea, this place is filled with great material.  With your life settled, I bet your guitar came running down the hall toward you!

That will be excellent when the holidays come around and you say "yea, I know that song" and they say "right on, we can use another player."  I bet that will be a blast.  I can second David's opinion of playing with others.  Still, I'll add that I think playing alone in a bedroom or basement is actually pretty boring compared to playing even with one other person.  Music comes alive when you feel off one another.
"Do I want this badly enough that I'm going to put in the effort, to do the work required to make it happen? If I want it, I won't count on magic or fate...I'll make it happen." (David Hodge 1/1/11)
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Postby neesah » February 5th, 2004, 6:52 pm

i am very much looking forward to playing with others, though right now i feel REAL shy about it. I even hope to meet some folks who don't live too far from me who may want to continue to play now and then!!
peace,
marilyn
http://scattered-neesah.blogspot.com/

When the music calls, i'll be there....Scattered, NY

"It's like a warning to me. Stay still, Shakey, and you'll
turn to rust and dust. So I keep on moving..." 1988
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Postby samhall » February 17th, 2004, 7:31 am

I'm going on Feb 21. I'm also looking forward to it. I've been hanging around the site for a long time, and learning quite a bit, but I rarely post. I'm also mid-forties, with kids. I've had a small amount of formal instruction, way back in my teens. When I decided to try again, about a year ago, I was surprised at how much I remembered. I hope to use a seminar (or two) to help me decide on hiring a teacher, or to continue to go it alone with the books, websites, etc. I think I'm getting better, but I still know I'm far away. I am having a lot of fun with it, that's for sure. My victories come when the woman that I live with who is related to me through marriage, is able to recognize the song that I am trying to play. I can also judge my failures that way too. Some of her guesses are pretty far off. Must be her ears!
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