We get it. Every time the earth rotates the sun again, people start with the “New Year New Me” or “Out With The Old and In With The New” mantras that make your social media newsfeed intolerable. I’m about to insert that same level of cringe to my blog feed, why not?
So what am I going to do to make 2019 the most guitar-tastic year in all recorded history?
No New Guitars
I know, I know, this sounds sacreligious to gearheads the world over. But I have amassed quite a collection of cheapo guitars. A lot of these guitars don’t get played because they need some work. Instead of spending money on new guitars, I want to focus on getting these misfits up to snuff and in a giggable condition. Most of them don’t even need new parts, just fret leveling, setups, and cleaning pots. I have a tendency to say I’m going to get to these mundane maintenances but just get another $100 guitar and forget about the last one. Also, I have bills to pay, the gear I buy is cheap, but it adds up. Notice how I phrased this though, no “new” guitars, if I must break this resolution, technically a used guitar won’t count….
As I’ve gotten older, finding the time and energy to play is getting harder and harder. I have a full time job, I have a commute, I have an energetic 3 year old that I love spending time with, and I have an awesome wife that likes to hang out with me sometimes, so I really don’t get to play until everyone else goes to bed at night. Most days I’m just completely exhausted by the time they go to bed. I am going to focus on my health too in order to have more energy to play, after all, it’s hard to play when you’re dead at a young age. There are styles and techniques that I would love to add to my repertoire, and you know what they say, practice makes perfect.
In the past couple years I have really started to try to create an online guitar persona. I have a YouTube page, this blog, and social media accounts dedicated to it. As real life becomes more and more hectic, I’ve neglected some of these things. Persistence and constantly putting out quality content is what builds an audience. I want to share my guitar geekiness with the world. It’s all a learning experience too, when I look at some of my early gear demos on YouTube, a lot of them really left a lot to be desired. My wife bought me a new camera for our anniversary, I will work on using it to its maximum potential for quality content.
Spreading My Love Of Guitar
Guitar has been one of the most significant parts of my life as long as I can remember. It’s been a friend when I needed one, it’s been a therapist, it’s been a drug, it’s been a punching bag, and it’s always there. I want to help the next generations discover the same feeling of joy. For Christmas this year I bought my niece her first guitar after she expressed interest and I look forward to teaching her. I’ve also accepted that I have too many guitars. I plan on finding local kids from less than fortunate homes who want to learn and pass some of these guitars onto them. Music can do wonders for kids’ self esteem and mental cognition. As aging musicians in an ever increasing digital world, it’s on us to pass these visceral experiences onto the next generations and keep them alive .
Happy New Years to everyone in the guitar geekdom. Stay safe, and see y’all next year!