Sunday, January 16, 2011

Perfectly good guitar...

It is the most delightful thing that ever happens to me, when I hear something coming out of my guitar and out of my mouth that wasn't there before. ~ James Taylor

A couple of years ago the wonderhub decided to take guitar lessons. He played in bands when he was a kid and thought that it would be fun. He has a wonderful teacher who is really talented and they have worked their way through a smogesboard of musical genres, from Gypsy Jazz, Classical, Rock, you name it, they've played it. And I have to say, there is something very nourishing about being in a house with music.

And the Wonderhub doesn't do anything by halves, he started building guitars. He done a bunch now, all different, a steel string, a classical (for me) an electric, a twelve string, a tenor uke (for me!) and now he's working on another electric and a mandocello.

Yesterday, there was a guitar show at the fairgrounds so we wandered over and looked around. We only saw a couple of classicals, which I find droolworthy, but it was great fun. The people watching was something else too, mostly older guys in their fifties and sixties, musicians in trilbies or with thinning long hair. Sadly, there weren't a lot of younger folks there, except one teenage girl who had bought an electric guitar and was clutching it like it was the Shroud of Turin. Gives one hope. :-)

 Country western guitars...

Lovely, old amps

The color scheme for the hub's next project

Wonderful wood and bindings.
Do you play an instrument?  What kinds of music do you like?



Lean your body forward slightly to support the guitar against your chest, for the poetry of the music should resound in your heart. ~ Andres Segovia


  1. My husband has played guitar for 30 years. I agree with you about a home filled with music. I am not musical, but marrying a musical man has given my children music genes. I do love listening to my husband compose and sing his own songs. :)

  2. Amy! Hello! Warms the heart, doesn't it?

  3. Wouldn't be without my guitar. Met some old Italian violin makers in Centro once. One of them had made his first guitar. It was a pure white semi-acoustic jazz piece. I drew quite a crowd after he asked me to play it for him.

  4. I most love classical music, which was a staple in our home when I was growing up, but also enjoy a wide range of contemporary music. As the daughter of two musicians, I was encouraged to learn to play anything that drew my interest, which over the years included the piano, violin, clarinet, flute, French horn, baritone horn,guitar, zither and recorder, most of which I played in a school band or orchestra. For a life instrument, I settled most comfortably with the piano, which provides pleasure on a daily basis. In turn, I supported this experimentation by my own children, who explored a variety of instruments, to find the one that spoke to them.

  5. I don't play anymore, but my boys both play brass instruments - french horn and trumpet. It's lovely to have music in the house!