Greetings from McKinney, Texas!

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Greetings from McKinney, Texas!

Post by ekxxi » Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:55 pm

Hi everyone!

I started playing guitar when I was 14-ish (I’m now 45) and bored on my summer vacation. I found my step-brother’s forgotten cheap Harmony(?) electric guitar one day under a bed and decided to try and figure it out. I started by playing one note-at-a time and was so frustrated that it sounded nothing like what I heard on recordings. It’s funny - I had no concept of chords on the guitar back then. LOL Once I figured out that I could play two notes together, that was something! I even hammered-out a crude attempt at the Scorpions’ “Rock You Like a Hurricane” intro by ear using barred parallel 4ths – ohh, that was so-o-o cool to me! Shortly after that, a school friend who had his own guitar showed me a tiny lick he had learned with a bluesy string-bend and I was hooked. Eventually, I began to figure out real chords, some theory gleaned from choir classes, etc. all on my own (this was PRE-Internet!) and played in my high-school pop ensemble and my own garage-band. After I graduated, I enrolled as a music major studying classical guitar at my local junior college, and won an “Outstanding Music Student” award, partly for learning some pieces that were quite complicated for my level including Tárrega’s “Recuerdos de la Alhambra” and “Capricho Árabe”. Even so, my pursuit there was interrupted when a summer job in Dallas unexpectedly offered me a full-time position working with one of their computer systems. I was sick of being broke and feeling confined in my “small” town - how could I turn this down when the tech industry was just starting to explode? Surely I could work full time and do school, too, yes? Yeah, tried that… not recommended.

So… to make a long story short… I eventually did have the opportunity to go back to school. In spite of taking more time than usual and struggling with health complications, I finally completed my BM in classical guitar performance. I taught while in school and have done some since then; but, honestly, after graduation I was utterly exhausted and had to tend to my wellness. These days, I’m regularly playing electric bass in a culturally Latino church; and, my nephew has suddenly expressed interest in learning guitar, which has moved me to dust-off my teaching hat and come here for a little inspiration. Thanks!

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Re: Greetings from McKinney, Texas!

Post by Erik Zurcher » Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:01 pm

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Re: Greetings from McKinney, Texas!

Post by Renee's Dad » Tue Dec 06, 2016 4:57 am

Save me from doing a Google search - where's McKinney? I'll tell you where Deer Park,TX is...
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Re: Greetings from McKinney, Texas!

Post by Big bird » Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:16 pm

It's right up 75 from me.....
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Re: Greetings from McKinney, Texas!

Post by ekxxi » Thu Jan 05, 2017 3:16 pm

Yep... Just north of Plano and east of Frisco. Of course, all of the "suburbs" here seem to be merging into each other these days; so, for those unfamiliar with the landscape: it's just north of Dallas.

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Re: Greetings from McKinney, Texas!

Post by fraim » Fri Jan 06, 2017 5:51 am

welcome, from a guy down 75 in the Big D

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