When I was 9, my grandpa gave me a guitar. He had somehow come into possession of this student guitar and decided to give it to me. I played around on that thing. I had always wanted to play an instrument, but my parents could honestly not afford it. The guitar was my chance to learn a guitar. No one gave lessons in my town – so I found books and music and taught myself. I didn’t realize how well I had done teaching myself the guitar until I reached 8th grade. We had music class for a quarter, and the teacher taught guitar for part of the class. I rocked it while others struggled. And I realized how much I had learned on my own.
Fast forward to a couple of years ago.
I decided to get a ukulele and teach myself to play. It was fun. It made me giggle and smile doing it. Such a funny little instrument that can bring so much joy.
I am grateful for music in my life. Not just what I can download and play on my iPhone (which is amazing) but also that I had the foundation to play music myself. Even if I’m self taught – it still brings me joy – it still makes me smile. I am grateful for that.
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