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I have been playing the guitar from around the age of seven and for as long as I can remember there was always a guitar in our house. This was a Spanish instrument (I use the term lightly) with strings that appeared to have been cut from lengths of telephone cable, set at a height that comfortably allowed you to slide your hand between the strings and the neck, should you so wish.
As you can imagine this meant that a considerable distance had to be travelled in order for the strings to reach the fretboard and so, playing this guitar was not for wimps. Not deterred by this I persevered with the instrument and developed some good finger strength as a result.
The first thing I can remember playing was the guitar riff from 'Peter Gunn' which my elder brother taught me, followed by various Shadows tunes and TV themes which my Dad would pick out by ear and then teach to me.
By the age of thirteen I was playing in my first band at local youth clubs using a Vox Clubman guitar bought for £10. For those of you who have not had the pleasure, the Vox Clubman was basically a slab cut out of half inch plywood with a neck bolted on. Nevertheless, it was a significant step up from the Spanish instrument being infinitely more playable and sounding not too shabby through a Vox AC30.
With many years of gigging behind me, I now divide my time between teaching guitar and recording my own compositions along with covers of some of my favourite guitar players.
For me, one of the interesting things about the guitar, as opposed to some other instruments like the piano, is that a particular note may be found in several places on the neck. So there are choices available as to where to play a certain riff or melody. For many guitarists these choices will involve personal preferences of finger positions and tonal variations between strings.
This six minute track has excerpts from six pieces of guitar music of various styles. Skip forward through the track if you don't want to listen to the whole thing.