Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Re: How old were you when you first learned how to play the guitar?
Started at about 9 or so, repeated the same year's worth of experience until I was about 13 and then concentrated on the bagpipes (I kid you not) until last year. For various reasons I'll leave to your imagination, I was advised to stop playing said bagpipes and now only tutor and judge.
At that stage I started thinking seriously about playing guitar again and eventually ran across an immaculate Les Paul at bargain basement price.
Became a 40 year old beginner with good knowledge of music and sufficient technique to pick up better than I was when I left off.
I also discovered that, when in funds, guitars are like crisps (chips to y'all): you can't stop at one. Stumbled across Ibanez accidentally and fell pretty hard for them.
What is incredible is the amount of knowledge on the web. It's hardly surprising that kids like Matt Heafy and Herman Li are able to do what they can, since techniques which were previously exotic or unheard of are now freely available to everyone.
Monologue finished. You can wake up now and move on to the next post.....