Another prompt for me this week was “Classics”
Thankfully, this can apply to almost anything that has any history. When it comes to guitar and music in general, the classics are usually what inspire new players. When new players pick up the instrument, chances are they aspire to play the songs of the greats, which eventually they will find many of are quite easy to play. For some people, wearing the tee shirts of their favorite bands are not enough anymore, and then beg for a guitar come birthday-time. Guitar Hero just doesn’t cut the bill for some young’uns, and suddenly they feel compelled to replay Metallica, Led Zeppelin or AC/DC tunes on their Wal-Mart guitars in a robotic fashion. Whether these kind of kids make anything of themselves in the guitar department is beyond me. The point is though, that the classics are what keep the arts alive.
I wasn’t much different in my endeavors. I had always heard of Led Zeppelin, but it wasn’t until I started listening to them out of leisure had I already been playing guitar for about a year. The Lemon Song, Moby Dick, Black Dog; all proper rock n’ roll, and I had to know how to play it. When I was younger, my mom was in a marriage with a guitar instructor and virtuoso that has lived in Maryville a decent length of time now. Later on when he heard I had started playing, he insisted I visit to jam with. The guy charges $20 an hour for lessons, and I basically got about three sessions, bullshit free, and learned more than I had chasing tablatures online prior. I should also note that Dave Reeves has been legally blind for a large portion of his life, and yet he plays guitar with more skill than I have ever seen from anyone else in person. This is where I learned all of the classics I carry in my bag of tricks today, and where I learned I could play Stairway to Heaven about ten times faster than it needs to be played.
Eventually I grew bored of the idea of playing other people’s music to a T. If I cover a song, first I’ll try and sound as close to the recording as I can, but after I can do that I will usually not play it the same way ever again. Never forget the classics.