It’s been 30 years since my guitar called my name at the music store and became part of my life. I did not yet know how to play, but somewhere deep inside I knew I was meant to have this instrument. Over the years I have managed to teach myself how to play, learned music theory and I’ve become extremely proficient from the standpoint of technical skills and depth of just how much I can play. I cut my teeth on the great classic rock from the ’70s and hard rock and metal from the 80’s. My guitar still loves to play these same songs today. Over time it has become a friend, mentor and therapist. My guitar’s name is Miles Davis.
Every time you pick up a guitar you end up learning something new. Musical instruments are great for this. They force you to approach your subject from a different point of view, take it apart and see what it’s really made of, learn how to rebuild it and put it all back together. By the time you have learned something from beginning to end you see it differently and you hear it differently from that point forward. You gain a new perspective on music and life in general.
My learning never stops, and it never will. Playing guitar forces me to come up with new ways of learning due to the fact that I have dyslexia. It forces my brain to make new connections in the creative sense. These new connections and fresh perspectives bleed over into my art. They allow me to grow and evolve as an artist, always challenging me to push beyond whatever boundaries I may have and break through to something fresh and new.
Updare: Miles Davis has been retired and is awaiting hardware upgrades. The instrument pictured above is nearly identical and feels and plays beautifully.