It was the sounds of the guitar that triggered today’s blog. Of course I was familiar with saxophone and bassoon, but what’s up with a guitar? For starters, I did not see Nancy blowing into an instrument. Instead, she was tuning each string until I wanted to shout out, it is in tune now! I was hearing her strum each note until she heard the best tone. No surprise there because I listened to years of long tone practice on wind instruments. May I add that I knew quite a bit about the guitar from all the endless videos she watched and tutorials on proper hand position, etc. Yup, of all people, she knew as a saxophone teacher, the dangers of trying to teach herself guitar.
By the way, she had attempted to start guitar about 6 weeks ago when she found this used Taylor GSMini. Trust me, I heard all the twangs and noise that even I knew were not quite right. It just did not feel or sound right. Someone strongly suggested she take it to a trusted guitar repair for proper “set-up” by a pro. So, finally after our sad good-bye to Louie, she made the trip to LaVonne Music to get the guitar properly “set-up” by a pro.
As Louie stated in one of his last blogs, the new guitar adventure will help all of us in some way, cope with Louie’s loss. Seriously Louie, you are fortunate to not be forced to listen to the first weeks of excruciating tuning and unfocused tone. But, you knew that it would keep us all at home and togetherness is priceless.