Learning/Playing Guitar

I’ve had a guitar since i was 18, never really made much progress until the last year or so… as part of my recovery process, i was engaged in music therapy… the lady who i had the sessions with was very new age… and very patient with me… initially i resisted doing anything out of my comfort zone… but towards the end of the sessions i had access to i started really learning the guitar and singing.

I remember telling her i was coming along for the ride and whatever she wanted me to do we would try as best as i could, without embarrassing myself. I think part of the process was teaching me how to relax around her… we did meditation for the 1st few weeks… i hunted around for a cheap playable guitar at local pawn shops… at which point i started practicing at home… 10-16 hours most days… i quickly made progress and was ok about sharing it with a person i barely knew…

Along with that sharing process, we explored musical theory, she was a trained pianist at university level.. and had an easy explanation for anything i asked…

Once i got a little comfortable with basic chords… i started practicing at home… gently strumming and crooning out songs, from the likes of Leonard Cohen and Radiohead.

It was liberating, and even today, i had not picked up the guitar for around 3 months as i have been working on our new electronic album… i started playing Working Class Hero by John Lennon… after i finished i felt stronger, lighter content… it lifted some of the stress i’ve been experiencing lately, moving house, money etc.

Music is a personal spiritually engaging process… i have been making electronic music for 23 years and now i have guitar and my own voice to keep me company… i’ve also bought a cello, came up with my own melody or two and sampled them, using them in separate electronic songs. I honestly think i would have been dead by my own hand in my late teens if not for music…

I can honestly say, making music, playing an instrument like guitar can embolden/empower a person.. pick them up from the lowest points in their lives and help them move forward… at least i found this in my journey… Anyway i don’t have very many people to talk to so i found ranting on my own website almost feels like i’m talking to a person or as in the case of my diagnosis, its a more defined thinking platform, maybe that’s always been the case. Music making being my own brand of therapy. Anyway… it’s never too late to learn an instrument… and it has many potential benefits.