Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Editor's Note

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Editor's Note

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It was 40 years ago that I first picked up the guitar. I don't know where I got the idea that I might be able to play it, and in fact I couldn't at first. But it called to me, and-from my first halting attempts at plucking the theme from The Third Man, to my joyous discovery of the early Beatles catalog, to fmgerpicking the folk-revival anthems popular in my teen years, to trying my hand at an ever-changing assortment of songs from various eras and genres-I have tried to heed that call, in some way, every day ever since. Obeying that muse, I've learned, pays boundless dividends in the form of personal growth, adventure, camaraderie, creativity, self-expression, and just plain pleasure. It also provided, in my case, the unexpected bonus of finding a life partner, for I wound up, years later, marrying the gal who loaned me my first dreadnought (and my first Beatles songbook).

The point is that, for those of us bitten by the guitar bug, our relationship with the instrument becomes a kind of central organizing principle for our lives. …

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