Advantages You could become a Rock God
Disadvantages I don't absolutely guarantee it.
As a guitarist, singer, song-writer with a home-studio who sometimes still gets up at open mike evenings to entertain, I'm obviously someone keen on playing an instrument. Would I recommend people to take it up?That depends on the person. I've found over the years that some people of my acquaintance let the whole process of playing and singing into their lives so that if sits naturally with who they are and becomes part of them. This is the sort of person who will rest a guitar on their lap in a conversation and appear to ignore it. They might not even play it particularly but it's as comfortable for them to hold a guitar as to not hold one. This kind of person may be very interested in music and listen to a lot of it. They might have songs they love that they've learned so that they can experience them from the inside and not just on their Ipod. They might even write poetry and their own songs.
Is that you? Could you become that interesting person?
Playing the guitar and singing songs can be rewarding and very interesting for a number of reasons. Firstly, buying a guitar is a fantastic process. Going to fiddle about with various ones in different music shops is a hobby in itself. Then there's the Internet. Google 'Digital Village' and select the guitars. There are pages of different ones. To someone with guitar in their heart this is like a sweetshop to a small child. Try finding 'Sound Control' as well. Even more guitars to drool over! How about Dolphin Music? (Not - you understand - that I've ever looked personally...)What kind of guitar do you think you'd like? Nylon string guitars - sometimes referred to as 'classical' - have nice thick necks ideal for accommodating huge fat fingers. Their strings have a lower tension than steel and are easier to hold down when playing. Their tone is mellower too. Then again, steel stringed guitars are louder and brighter in sound. Small wiry hands with more muscle should find them easy enough to work with and they sound better when strummed than nylon strung ones. In either case, do you think you might ever want to play live? Either of these kinds of guitars can be bought with neatly fitted internal pickups with a socket for a lead so it can be amplified and even a volume control on the guitar as well.
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