Twenty years ago, I decided to pick up a guitar again and take lessons to be able to play it. I had been dragging a guitar around most of my life and it was like a piece of furniture. I have had all kinds of guitars. I couldn’t play them but that is another story.
I went on Craigslist like many people do to find a guitar teacher and got lucky with this guy. I have heard horror stories. Robert Fiester is a professional musician and fellow lover of the Blues. Believe it or not, I thought the Blues would be easy. I didn’t know anything about the nuances of the culture; the history or the music except for it was part of my culture. He was not the old black guy that I expected. (stereotype) He was thin white guy, a few years older than me, with long hair like a rocker and a big smile.He opened my eyes to a few things about myself that I didn’t know and started me on a journey loving music that has lasted twenty plus years. It has included an appetite for learning about the history of the blues and all the people that have made it famous. I had some learning to do. I stopped playing for a while as life got in the way but my education about the music, the musicians and life continued.
I’ve become a blues connoisseur now and can tell you the origins of some of the most obscure music makers of the past. But now I want to be a playing musician. (One that contribute to a band, and actually get paid for playing.) Why not–right? Not saying it will happen tomorrow but everyday I practice gets me closer.
Today I went back and found my old friend, Robert Fiester who is refreshing my knowledge on the basics while I catch up to what I could have mastered if I was focused on it. There is a lesson in this too. I think Robert is brilliant as a teacher and a musician. I wasn’t ready for him twenty years ago but glad he is still at it. I am ready to learn now.
Life is like that. We have to be ready to process what we are given or it won’t stick. It’s like having precious metals like gold and silver on the fixtures of your house but if you are hungry, the decorations don’t mean much. We sometimes get things too early and as a result waste them. I am glad I had a chance to do this over. I think I will get it this time.
I have added a quick video of Robert Fiester above as he tested the condition of my guitar and the string replacement job I had just did before our second lesson.
It was a good day.
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