In the tradtion of ‘Anything can happen Thursday’ from the Big Bang Theory TV series, today I’m taking a one day break from art to post some music.
At school, because I needed to take biology, physics and chemistry I wasn’t allowed to take art and music. I had to choose between the two. At the time music was my link into being a social being because I was allowed in the music block at lunchtimes and eventually made some friends despite the social difficulties I had with autism. I played in the windband, the orchestra and the jazz band so, because I could’t think if giving all of that up, I gave up art. (Also I had an art teacher who was pretty scathing about anything I tried to draw and blew a mile-wide hole in my shaky confidence (figuratively speaking)).
At the time I played the trumpet / cornet , the piano the the electric bass. Nowadays I only play piano and guitar. I play piano at church and I play a mixture of fingerstyle guitar and classical guitar at home for relaxation.
Here is a piece of piano music I wrote for a lady called Chris who helped me when I most needed it:
Getting my first guitar came about in an odd way. I was struggling with social things and with being over-sensitive to noise at the time and I wanted to get some counselling to help me with this. I tried and tried but I couldn’t find someone who could help who wasn’t hidiously expensive so eventually I decided to give up on the counselling and use the money I’d put aside to buy a guitar instead. Brilliant idea!!! 😀
I began with a classical study book but then I discovered Fingerstyle Blues. Having played Jazz trumpet in my youth I just fell in love with this kind of guitar playing. On the internet I found this fabulous course:
So I worked through the course and after about 4 weeks recorded this stuff (please note I was only a beginner when I did this but I was amazed at how quickly the course got me playing.)
The Guitar Shuffle (this is one of the very first pieces I learned. I recorded it after two weeks on the course)
Bluesy Feel Improvisation
And here is my beautiful guitar:
Many many thanks to Earth Balm Music for reminding me of the fingerstyle guitar music I loved so much! Her post here gives a wonderful example of what a professional can do. It’s fab – well worth watching! 🙂