Hello, and welcome to My Guitar Lair or maybe I should say OUR Guitar Lair!
Regardless of what type of music you play, you are welcome here. Maybe rock or blues is your thing. You could be more of a jazzy, folksy, or classical person; it’s all good.
It doesn’t really matter how well you play guitar or if you even play guitar. This is a website for everyone to learn and have fun.
If you love playing, collecting, adjusting, modding, building, and pretty much all things guitar, then this is a cool place to hang out!
Do you drool over vintage guitars and have guitar magazines all over the house? How many bands have you played in? Are you a “Strat-Cat” or a “Tele-Whacker,” or maybe you are a “Gibson -Man”?
I have a guitar obsession! I’ve always loved music, but from the first time I heard Jimi Hendrix play the song “Fire” at a junior high school party, I was hooked on the whole electric guitar thing. Genius really has a way of inspiring people.
I raided my savings account and bought a Sears Silvertone electric guitar and practice amp that same day. I can still remember the lacquer’s fresh smell that covered the guitar’s two-tone sunburst paint job.
I accidentally broke the high-E string and thought the guitar was ruined! I brought it to my local music store to see how much the repair would cost.
The store owner started laughing, then sold me a new string for 25 cents and showed me how to put it on. That may have been one of the happiest days of my life!
I took 2 to 3 weeks of guitar lessons and then began learning everything I could from guitar books, record albums, cassettes, and 8-track tapes (remember those).
Back then, I learned guitar solos by slowing down the album’s speed on a record player. Today you can do it digitally without lowering the pitch of the notes.
Learning how to play the guitar seemed more challenging back then. There were no guitar websites or instructional guitar videos on YouTube to guide you through the various nuances of playing guitar chord progressions and solos.
Fast forward about 50 years and here I am still learning and loving everything about the guitar!
I WANT TO HELP YOU PLAY AND SOUND BETTER
It took me years to become a decent guitar player, and I still practice every day. Along the way, I figured out that having an awesome sound involves a lot more than learning songs, especially if you play the electric guitar.
Your sound is an important part of what makes your playing unique. It’s a combination of things like the guitar, amp, effects, and recording technique you use. Even the brand of strings you buy or the pick you use can make a big difference in your sound.
If guitars are your thing, then I would love to help you be a better player. No matter how much we know, there’s always more to learn.
THE GOAL OF THIS SITE
This website is all about making the guitar a fun and addictive experience. Here you will find guitar and equipment reviews as well as “how-to” articles.
I also enjoy writing about various little-known musical tidbits. You might even find some instructional pointers on guitar playing along the way.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, please leave them in the comments section, and I will be more than happy to try to help you out.
I sincerely hope you will enjoy this site as much as I do!
Keep On Playing,