G is for Guitar

For those who don’t get the reference, my blog has been named after one of my most favourite things. My prized possession. My beautiful acoustic guitar.

I was drawn to this instrument after having watched a friend play Greenday’s ‘Time of Your Life’. I recall admiring his guitar, running my fingers on its steel strings and wishing I could play it as well as he did. That year, I learnt to play a bunch of chords, ‘Zombie’ by The Cranberries, and ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ by Greenday. It was choppy playing for the most part, but it made me ridiculously happy. Soon after, I expressed a strong desire to seek formal training. My mother, who seemed to have been vague with her response, dispelled all my doubts by gifting me a new guitar on my sixteenth birthday.

My taste in music spans many genres, but I am a lover of acoustic rock, folk-pop, blues and jazz. Besides that, my interests also lie in Indian classical music and fusion-rock.

Ironically, my blog posts have little to do with music. There’s a quote that comes to my mind, which is perhaps quite apt in this context –

To stand up on a stage alone with an acoustic guitar requires bravery bordering on heroism. Bordering on insanity.
– Richard Thompson

When my guitar sings, I hear the undisguised euphony of its strings. Every string is an entity by itself, the sounds of which are unprocessed, raw, yet sensitive to touch and flaws.

Around the time I began my blog, I deemed my competence in writing to be next to nil. I was fresh out of junior college, having spent two years in the company of friends with the gift of eloquence.  I was nervous about having to reveal a part of myself to a virtual audience (a part of which comprised my friends and family).  It was akin to going on stage with my guitar and trusting myself to not screw up.

So here I am, six years later, musing over my transformation from an under-confident teenager to a somewhat confident twenty-something adult. I owe it to my guitar for saving me from bouts of low self-esteem. My guitar playing has improved significantly from what it was back then, though I’d rather describe myself as a hobbyist and not a guitarist.

Learning to play this instrument has not been a cakewalk. I recall the struggle to hold a barre chord. There were times when the disappointment of failing to get a simple song right, would overtake the initial excitement. Nevertheless, the joy and satisfaction I felt on succeeding was always palpable. Of course, this holds true till date.

They say patience is a virtue and not a skill. I assumed I didn’t possess it until I picked up a guitar. Turns out that my patience had been dormant.

G is for Guitar

My theme for the A-Z Blogging Challenge is ‘The A to Z of some my favourite things’. Stay tuned for more posts, this April!

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21 comments

  1. Louise · April 8

    I would have loved to have learned how to play guitar. I took a year of lessons, but it never stuck. I sort of blame my piano teacher. I did piano very seriously and really just wanted to learn to play folk guitar to play around a campfire and such. She insisted I learn classical and, well, I lost all interest. So happy to hear you stuck with it and how much confidence and happiness it has brought you.

    PS: Love Zombie – STILL on my IPod.

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    • AK.Prowling · April 10

      Thank you Louise! I have learnt to play the piano as well but my skills have definitely rusted over the years. I guess I could say the same for that. I gave up because I found music theory tedious and boring. I barely know to read music. I play by ear!

      Cheers,
      Anjali

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      • Louise · April 10

        I think that’s what I was looking for with the guitar – so when I didn’t get it, that was that.

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    • AK.Prowling · April 10

      Zombie will never get old. Haha

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  2. Marquessa · April 8

    I admire anyone who plays an instrument and enjoys it. I played piano for 10 years but it was not my passion. Kudos to you!

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  3. LadyInRead · April 8

    really cool how you stuck with it.. and loved the last sentence on your post – made me realize that we never know what skills and virtues we possess until we actually try (and who knows what else we might discover about ourselves in the process!) — LadyInRead@MyRandRSpace – Day 8 of#UBC & #AtoZChallenge – My G Post

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    • AK.Prowling · April 9

      Didn’t get a chance to blog hop today! Will visit your blog soon. Thank you for your kind words. Yes, I do love my guitar and don’t ever give up on it!

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  4. stacybuckeye · April 8

    I have a 6 year old and I hope he finds an instrument that moves him as much as the guitar does you 🙂

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    • AK.Prowling · April 9

      Thank you Stacy. If music is his calling, he definitely will. 🙂

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  5. Akshay Iyer · April 9

    True that!
    The initial excitement is sometimes overtook by friskiness.😥
    But then, at the end- you can add one more thing to your list of possibilities

    Great post👌

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    • AK.Prowling · April 9

      Thank you Akshay! I’m glad you liked what I wrote. I still go though the whole excitement-frustration-happiness cycle till date. :p

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      • Akshay Iyer · April 10

        Haha. Bingo!
        Guitar is no easy😉
        “It wrecks you sometimes.” (Pun intended)

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  6. Geeta.Krishna · April 9

    A very inspiring post, Anjali! I learnt the true value of hard work, practice and passion from you, my child!

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  7. Miss Andi · April 9

    That’s beautifully put Anjoli, it really comes through how much it means to you to play the guitar. I can’t play music for the life of me although I have a ukulele and I will attempt again learning it later this year but I already feel sorry for my future teacher hehe.
    I’ve never heard that quote but how true is that, I have total admiration for musicians who play and write songs. (I had to add those last couple words because there are too many “musicians” who don’t actually possess those talents.)
    PS: I might have mentioned you in my post 😉 https://courageouslivingjourney.wordpress.com/2017/04/09/your-gumption-and-generosity/

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    • AK.Prowling · April 9

      Thank you so much dear Andi. Never force yourself to play music. Music is meant to make one happy and not incompetent. Do it if you think you are up for it. And yes, I agree that not all musicians are talented. Songwriting is tough. I haven’t had a chance to read blogs today. Will go and check it out!I’m excited! Thank you!!

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  8. LaurenEph · April 10

    Lovely to link the A to Z Challenge with the name of your blog 🙂

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  9. Great post! I think playing the guitar (or any instrument) is one of the greatest escapes you can partake in. Publicaly or privately – it’s just good for the soul!

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