How did you learn to play?

Decadent Dan

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Just realized. Kinda ironic cuz Glen Campbell never learned to read music. Arguably one of the best studio musicians in his era. Writers would give him a new sheet, he'd look at it, put it aside, do his own thing, and they'd all go, OK~.
No. I get it. Lessons were inspired by Glen. Still, kinda ironic.
Glen made it look easy. Imagine my surprise to discover that music didn’t just automatically flow from this newfound stringed thing.
 

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Taught myself on a Sears Silvertone more years ago than I care to say. Had an idiot for a student. Now that I'm retired with entirely too much time on my hands, I have time to do it right, and with on-line courses and YouTube videos, I have no excuse if I don't improve.
 

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Where did you start? What made you play? What led you to understand the structures and methods to music?
Dad taught me a little piano and the basics of reading music. Took a little bit of violin in elementary school and snare drum and French horn in middle school. During my college years started playing guitar, mostly self taught from music books. Sang in some college choirs and choral groups. Been playing guitar ever since my late teens. Some keyboards and a little bit of bass too. Took a lot of college music classes and applied it to guitar, keyboards and bass.

Started on a no name imported dreadnaught. My first electric was a Hohner GT-2 headless Steinberger copy. But my second and 3rd guitars were top notch professional instruments. A brand new 1987 Fender American Standard Strat and an '89 Fender American Standard Tele. So I was off to the races. Wish I still had those Fenders.
 
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I started learning by ear in 1978, by putting a record on the turntable and giving it my best to figure things out!

I think the first thing I learned on my new Yamaha acoustic at the time, was the intro bass part of Pink Floyd's "Time"! :rofl:
 


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