Here are two more interesting emails I have got lately.
I hope you find the emails and my thoughts useful…
“I love music…but being a being from the 50s, 60s and 70s what happened to music?
Good songs do not come along as they used to.
Why? Is it our culture? What happened?”
It is a great question.
Music is pretty tame these days.
Saying that though, there has always been music that pushes the boundaries and goes outside the norm and even now there is still music that does this.
The trouble is these days, you will very rarely hear interesting music in the top 40.
Back in the day, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Hendrix, Dylan, Zeppelin, Bowie, etc. were all huge and changing music on a regular basis.
These days though, with technology, most people have shorter attention spans.
There is so much music available to us in an instant, people don’t fully digest it and often just passively listen to music.
They don’t have the time or desire for interesting music that challenges them.
In truth, most people are really passive listeners of music who would rather have a McDonald’s hamburger than a 28-day aged ribeye steak, if you know what I mean.
At least we are all here to enjoy the classics!
Anyway, onto Email #2
“Enjoying your Fingerstyle 101 course.
In your newsletters, I noticed you never mentioned the size of a guitar and its advantages/disadvantages. As a lot of your subscribers are finger-pickers and may not be young anymore (like me) and may have finger stretching/strength issues, this may be a useful topic to discuss.
For me personally, I am left-handed and also have small hands and would like to move to a smaller guitar that also has some quality. I am thinking of a Taylor Grand Concert model (Academy 12) that has a shorter scale, making stretching a bit easier and it is still quite affordable.
Yeah, this is a good topic to discuss.
I have talked about it a few times in the past, but definitely a good idea to do so again for newer subscribers.
The Taylor is a good shout – a fair few of my students with smaller hands have enjoyed their Taylors.
As always though, small hands or not, if you are looking for a guitar…
I urge you to try out at least ten guitars in person as you may be surprised by what you like.
Ten may sound like a lot, but it is not an exact number (just try out at least a few before buying).
The reason why I say this is that there are so many guitars out there, you would be mad not to try as many as you can.
Over the years, I have been impressed by brands I had never even heard of before entering the shop.
Going to guitar shops is not possible for everyone right now depending on where you are in the world, but if you are looking and can get out to a shop, do so…
Playing in a shop can be a bit nerve-wracking at first (go at a quiet time and don’t worry, they are a friendly bunch usually), but it is well worth it.
Anyway, that is all from me today. I hope you liked these emails and thoughts and enjoy your day.
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