By Bill McRea
The first time I picked up a guitar my whole life changed. I
think I slept with it the night I brought my first new guitar
home. It’s a bit embarrassing to admit, but it is true. I
remember the feel of the guitar in my hands and the shape,
which reminded me of a girl I once dated. But seriously it was
love, pure love.
Then I plugged it in and hit those first magic notes….. Wow
it sound awful, maybe the worst noise I ever heard in my life.
So started my journey in the world of music some 23 years ago,
I found my one and only mistress, the guitar.
Today I am happily married with 3 kids, a real job, and my
guitars. The only thing my wife has ever been jealous over is
my guitars. I told her once I could have girlfriends or
guitars, she said she’d settle for the guitars. Thus is the
secret to a happy marriage.
Oh more importantly, the guitars. No two are the same, even
same model, made in the same year, with sequential serial
numbers, are going to play and sound different. They have
own personalities, their own feel and their own mood swings. I
have Fender’s, Gibson’s, Washburn’s, Parker’s, solid bodies,
hollow bodies and semi-hollow body guitars.
Every week I go to a friend’s house, or a local store and just
pickup every guitar I can and play it for a few minutes. It
really is an obsession. I think, dream and dwell on playing
guitar 24 Hours a day.
Is this story the same as your’s. As humorous as this may
sound, many of my playing friends say the same thing. You can
never have enough guitars, or spend enough time playing your
Do you have a passion for playing as well?
About The Author: Bill McRea is the publisher of
guitar-playing-techniques.com/. Both sites offer free
lessons and product sales.