Recently, I’ve been inspired to renew an old passion of mine, playing the guitar. I used to play a little when I was younger – late teens, early twenties, along with my ultimate passion for singing. But then life happened, and I chose a different path, which, just so you know, I don’t regret.
Those earlier years, though, instilled the love of music in me, which then was passed onto my daughter, who also loves to sing. My husband and son don’t sing or play an instrument, but they love listening to music. This form of art has always been a big part of our family.
So, a few days ago, I spontaneously went to “just look” at guitars. Bananas at Large is the go-to place for musical instruments and lessons. Well, so much for looking because I came home with a brand new Yamaha acoustic guitar. Since many years have passed, I’m a beginner again, so it’s a great start, not to mention that it’s beautiful. Since then, my daughter and I have been doing 30-minute sessions each night, starting with the basics. My excitement immediately inspired her, so it’s also turned out to be a fun mother/daughter time. I’m also currently looking into lessons, perusing all the teachers at Bananas to find the best fit for both of us.
I am so excited that I feel like a little kid! Seriously! My singing voice has changed, but maybe I can even get it back into gear as I learn the guitar. Now of course, the worst part is conditioning the fingers. Some of those chords, OUCH!
Thus, do any of you play guitar? Do you have stories to tell of when you first learned and your fingers were screaming at you? Any wise words of wisdom or gentle advice? Have any of you renewed an old passion, lately?
Here’s to Renewing Old Passions, and knowing that You’re Never Too Old!
Lauren Scott 2017
(p.s. wish me luck!)
40 thoughts on “Renewing”
Hope good luck strings along.
Thanks so much, Steve! I hope so, too! 🙂
Wishing you continued enjoyment. What an awesome Mother/Daughter time together. Love it!!!!!
Thanks so much, Cathy, and it’s such a nice surprise seeing you here. Yes, I’m always grateful for time spent with either of the kids. And now with them older, knowing they still like to hang out with me, it means even more. 🙂 Lots of love to you!
I might do the same soon. I have a guitar that looks similar to that one actually. Learning such would be a good winter activity here since I don’t like going out in the cold 🙂
That’s awesome, Scott, really? You should do that, and then we can compare notes (pun intended). 🙂
….. Let the strings feel you. Do not give up.. the pains of renewing playing the guitar is the greatest reward. Have fun 💞
Thanks, Maureen! That’s exactly what I’ve been thinking and saying to both of us…no pain, no gain! 🙂 💓
Lauren I read your post with so much joy and happiness. How absolutely wonderful – to rediscover this old passion and then have the courage to embrace it. You are right – you are NEVER to old. Cheers Virginia
I’m happy to bring joy to you as you visit, Virginia. I really do feel like a little kid all over again, and it’s a great feeling. My fingers are saying differently, but they’ll just have to deal with the pain for awhile. 🙂 Thanks so much for your encouragement. Have a lovely Sunday, too!
As a kid I learned to play the piano and violin plus I sang in a couple of choirs. I learned just enough about music and myself to understand that I am better in the audience and have a great love of listening to music and appreciating the gift music makers have.
Thanks, and your understanding about fitting better in the audience made me smile. I also had some “spotlight” moments singing solos, and was given great encouragement. Why I didn’t stick with it, I don’t know. But I’m grateful for my life now, so….
I’ll also add that beginning on the guitar evokes great appreciation for guitarists. They really do make it look so easy, and the same goes for any musician. Maybe someday, I’ll be able to post a little audio of me playing. I can only hope. 🙂
Keep at it. I love to hear you playing.
Awww, I can feel your excitement just from reading this. I wish you all the best.
Thanks, Shian! I appreciate that very much!
You go, Lauren. Sounds wonderful. 🙂
Thanks, John! I can’t wait to hear real progress. 🙂
You will be the first to know. 🙂
I think you’re right. 😉
Best of luck. I taught myself keyboard a few years ago after always wanting to learn piano.
Thanks, Tric! That’s awesome and a great accomplishment! I learned a little on piano, too, but the guitar is calling me for now. I just have to make it through the finger conditioning. 🙂
As a child my parents saw we kids were taught the piano and later in teen years I started to learn the guitar. But life happened, I spent most of my life travelling and lost both skills and interest in both. I do love music though and find it very relaxing and uplifting.
Well, it’s great that you had those experiences in your youth, and now you have the memories with also the appreciation of music.
This is exciting, Lauren! I have an acoustic guitar in the corner of the room collecting dust so I need a kick in the butt to get back to learning how to play it 😉 I LOVE that your renewed desire to get back into guitar playing is bringing you valuable mother-daughter time too ❤
Well, maybe my courage and excitement about the guitar will inspire you, Christy! 🙂 It definitely inspired my daughter more than I had hoped. And yes, great time spent together for us. So, I’m going to check on you later to see if you’ve dusted off your guitar yet. 😉 Many hugs!
Eek you’re going to hold me accountable to playing it soon 😉 Well… okay! Hugging back ❤
Haha, Christy, I’ll cut you some slack and give you time. 😉 Happy Friday! xo
Hahaha 😉 Thanks sweet you! Enjoy the weekend ❤
Everyone would be screaming at me if I tried to play the guitar.
Sometimes, we have to “tune out” the noise around us to make progress, Binky. 🙂
How exciting, Lauren. I am not especially musical and have always envied those who are. Best wishes as you reconnect with your musical past. Love and hugs.
Thanks, Michelle! Our fingers are already feeling less pain in just one week. 😊 I still admire anyone who can play an instrument. Love and hugs to you, my friend. ❤️
Lauren, how wonderful to be playing with your daughter – have a most brilliant time! Sounds like you’re doing great! There is something special about live music and performances. 😀 What a terrific name for a shop – ‘Bananas At Large’ – is this for real?!
Thanks, Annika! She’s 26, and at home until next year when she moves out again. So, it’s something fun for us to enjoy together. And yes, Bananas at Large is the real name, which I need to research as to where that came from because it’s definitely unique and has nothing to do with music. 🙂 Our fingers are tender, but they’re not screaming at us like in the beginning. Our first lesson is next Tuesday, can’t wait. Have a wonderful weekend. 💕
You make me miss my old acoustic guitar, Lauren. I never played very well but enjoyed strumming and plucking the chords and singing when no one could hear me. Had to quit because of the sore fingers though. Even with callouses it got to be too much.
Glad to hear you’ve taken up playing again. Keep on playing as long as you can – it’s so rewarding! (Possibly if I’d bought a classical guitar with nylon strings I’d still be playing… so much easier!)
Ahh, I wish you still had your guitar! The soreness is real though and the reason my daughter stopped. But I inspired her, and so far, so good. Oh, but we are beginners. 😊 I actually just posted an audio of us strumming on fb, if you have time to listen. It’s short and comes with bloopers. As you said though, it’s rewarding and our first official lesson is tomorrow, so we’re excited. I hope we’ll stick with it and can be coordinated enough to play a song. 😊🎸
Will try to check FB soon for your audio. Actually I’m not very active there (lack of time and endurance sitting at the computer) so rarely log on. But next time I’m on will look for you. Enjoy your lesson today!! 🤗💕
No worries; I completely understand. I’m online a lot for now, but I’m sure a break will come again in the near future. And thanks about the lesson! 😊💗🎸