Hello from Overland Park, Kansas

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Hello from Overland Park, Kansas

Post by kwhelan » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:15 am

My name is Kevin Whelan. I am 75 years young and started playing guitar in the 1960s. A friend of mine purchased a Ramirez guitar for me when in Spain. When I was attending Rockhurst College in the 1960s I started taking classical guitar lessons at The Conservatory of Music in Kansas City. My instructor was Ray Reussner. During the time I was taking lessons, I made arrangements for him to perform at Rockhurst College. I had difficulty learning to read music, likely due to my dyslexia, and to this day I can’t read music. Since I was a child I was gifted to be able to ‘play by ear’, and when I took piano lessons as a kid, I never learned to read music. I would play a piece with the instructor showing me how it sounded, and I would then just play it by ear, and never learned to read music. I wrote songs and in the 1960s. I joined with a friend and we cut a record. My friend was a musical genius and he played most of the tracks and I played along on my composition on one side, and he completed the flip side by himself. He was so good that the whole recording session at Damon Studios was completed in one take! Over the years my guitar playing has been on and off, mostly off. I still have the Ramirez guitar which is in need of repair. Last year I purchased an inexpensive Cordoba guitar that I planned to play while my Ramirez is being repaired. Jim Baggett of Mass Music in Lawrence, Kansas, is going to pick up my Ramirez guitar and have it worked on in his shop sometime this year. I am somewhat home bound and have driving restrictions, so I am unable to drive to Lawrence. I am a widower as of 3 years ago, and I seemed to be so busy with chores and my writing, a passion of mine, that I have rarely taken the time to play piano or guitar. I hope to carve out some time in 2018 to get back into playing piano and guitar a little more. I stumble on to this resource a few years back and now I have returned and hope to read it occasionally. This is longer than I expected. Thank you for the opportunity to partake here.

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Re: Hello from Overland Park, Kansas

Post by George Crocket » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:49 am

Hello Kevin. Welcome to the forum. I do hope you manage to spend a little more time playing guitar again. Perhaps you can get some inspiration here. :chitarrista:

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Re: Hello from Overland Park, Kansas

Post by CathyCate » Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:45 am

Welcome Kevin
Hope Jim shows up soon and that your Ramirez has a speedy & full recovery. :wink:

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Re: Hello from Overland Park, Kansas

Post by kwhelan » Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:00 pm

Thank you George Crocket and CathyCate for your welcoming feedback!
I hope to spend more time with my guitar in the future. Right now, unfortunately, I am totally engrossed in my free time with that nasty responsibility of doing my complex taxes. Ugh!

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Re: Hello from Overland Park, Kansas

Post by Rick Hutt » Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:00 pm

Welcome, Kevin, from another septuagenarian. I think you will find the forum a great resource. Glad you're here.
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Re: Hello from Overland Park, Kansas

Post by Steve Ganz » Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:50 pm

Kevin... This is a good place to while away some time, while also learning, and contributing.
Not reading music makes things difficult in some ways, but may clear the path in others.
I used to live in Lawrence.
Welcome
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