I think my favorite thing about sticking with the guitar for so long (I started playing the summer before freshmen year of high school) is that I can see how I'm actually getting better at it. All throughout high school I would go to a guitar lesson every Saturday and loved it. My first teacher was Tom and he was really cool, giving me insight into what I wanted to learn and making the process easy for me.
Then after almost four years of him being my instructor I was changed to Brittany. I didn't enjoy her as my teacher as much because she wasn't teaching me what I wanted to know. She started me in on the first ideas of music theory when what I wanted to do was learn how to play some of my favorite songs then go on from there. My interest in the guitar waned a bit at that point, but I still continued to play.
Senior year I was then moved to Beth and she was a teacher that I liked and who inspired me again. She understood what it was that I wanted to do and what it was that I needed to work on without me having to tell her much and the fact that she intuitively knew what was going on was cool.
Starting up school for college I dropped the guitar a bit. I didn't take any lessons but I continued to play and practice in my room when I wasn't in classes. That continued on for about two years or so. Then junior year of college (or maybe it was sophomore around Christmas or so) I mentioned while looking through a music store that I always wanted to learn how to play the bass. And I had, I wanted to know how to play the electric, acoustic, and bass so I was well rounded on all three in case the time came up. I didn't think Dad would have been listening and bought me one.
I was so excited (and still am, thanks Dad) when I got it that I wanted to start playing right away. And I did, I taught myself one of my favorite songs and had so much fun with it that I looked up at school (and asked Mere about private music lessons offered here, thanks for that too) and saw they were offering bass guitar lessons.
I've been playing the bass for the past two years and I love it so much. I might like it even more than the electric, but I'm not sure yet. The fact that over seven (I believe) years of playing every faction of the guitar is still something I'm interested in and find excited to go practice every week. The fact I've managed to pick up things a lot quicker than I used to, and having it pointed out by my bass instructor, is really exciting for me and a great accomplishment. Especially considering I'm such a perfectionist with the guitar and hate when I do something wrong.
I'm now understanding a bit of music theory, how songs are created and structured, what all of the notes on the guitar neck are, which works together and which don't, and what is a common trend in songs.
A part of me really wishes I did lessons starting in freshmen year, but I'm happy and confident in the abilities that I've managed to take in over the yeras.
Loves anything red. Rock music, playing the guitar, drawing, writing, tattoos, and sports are some of my interests and hobbies. I like to laugh, I like to think I'm funny. I talk a lot...just a warning.