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My First Guitar

I was two when the Beatles first played the Ed Sullivan Show, and I got as carried away about the Beatles as every one else. I just had to have a guitar!

I had a pretty good assortment of toy guitars over the years, like the one above. I remember there was another one that you could wind up and it played music..it may have had Mickey Mouse on it. And one of my plastic toy guitars ended up El Kabonged on the clothesline post by neighbor Kenny.

My first REAL guitar was a half-sized Stella By Harmony, a very nice Made In USA acoustic that I got when I was around ten or eleven. Favorite memory regarding that guitar: playing along with a bunch of other pint sized guitarists at the Stevens Point Rec Dept during summer group lessons. The teacher was a young hippy type named John who printed out mimeographed sheets of song lyrics and chords for us to practice.

Oh how I wish I could go back in time and videotape the group of us strumming along to "Cover of the Rolling Stone." I can't imagine we knew what we were singing about when we sang the line "Got an old lady name of Cocaine Katy who embroiders on my jeans.."

I have had a few guitars in my adult life, and currently own two acoustics. I know some chords but my general lack of rhythm and laziness have prevented me from being even adequate at playing guitar.

Maybe someday I'll get around to working on my playing. In the meantime I'll just have to be content with listening and watching all the really amazing guitar players that are out there.


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