Monday, June 08, 2009

Guitar Lessons

When you're named for a jazz guitarist, you pretty much grow up thinking you were born to play guitar. I was named after Larry Coryell. I don't play guitar. I don't own a guitar. I don't even consider myself musical, although I sing and play piano. But I want to play guitar. Always have. I've tried to play but haven't stuck out practicing past the initial sore-finger stage. When a friend heard I wanted to take up the guitar this summer, she was, unwittingly, an answer to prayer when she offered to let me borrow the guitar her elderly mother gave her. A $500 Fender, never played, not a scratch. I said yes, please. Today, I signed up for lessons with another friend. Thursday is the day. My fingers are numb, but I know five chords and my strumming is improving already.

Here's the deal, and this applies to other things besides guitar playing: you don't practice, you don't succeed. It's not as if people are born with magical powers enabling them to excell at whatever they make look so easy. We're born with the capacity for greatness, and we have to work hard to achieve it. (I'm a good cook, but not because I was born with a wooden spoon in hand. I've been practicing my culinary arts for over twenty years until cooking seems utterly natural to me. If my friends think its genius, I must re-inform them! It's practice, practice, practice!)

3 comments:

{lauryl} said...

You are so right. Everything takes practice. Good luck with the guitar practice!

gail said...

Try as I might, I cannot get 'Rebecca' out of 'Larry Coryell'. But with a bit of faith I do beleive what you say is true. Our oldest son enjoys music; he plays the piano and organ; wishes to play the guitar, but in the end, the callouses which develope on the tips of the finger are not desired by a keyboard player. With that opinion,I open myself up for criticism, no doubt.
gail

Rebecca said...

My first name is Coryell, and I was called Cory all my life until I was 18 and decided to go by my middle name. See? There's an answer for every question. Somewhere!

I enjoyed hearing Russell play a bit of piano in England. If I were as accomplished as he is on the piano, I would not wish to jeopardize my talent to take up the guitar.