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Comment by Derrick Miller on May 8, 2010 at 9:33am
David, I will admit my guitar is looking pretty neglected these days. I was just getting back into a much simplified practice routine when I bought my first house. Guess what. My home came with a list of DIY projects and that has preoccupied me for the last few weeks. Hope to get back to the music soon, though.
Comment by David Weinhaus on May 7, 2010 at 8:45pm
Hi Derrick,

Thanks for the welcome. Glad to be a part of the group. I've been playing about 18 months, not real seriously, but enough to have some chords and play some songs. Looking forward to checking out the discussion here.

Comment by Derrick Miller on May 7, 2010 at 7:39pm
I remember that concert from last year, Donna. I do hope you have some more of the great stories and pictures to share. Last year's were priceless!

Comment by Donna Zitzelberger on May 7, 2010 at 2:16pm
Hi Derrick - It's a hectic time of year - my students' guitar concert is on June 6th and there are loads of preparations to be done in order to wrangle in 45 kids ages 5-17. It's also a very exciting time of year. The other day, the beginner's song "Sugar, Sugar" (remember that one?) came together for the first time. The little ones (9 years old) were just so happy and excited. I couldn't hold back my tears. I can't even describe the satisfaction I get when the music starts to come together and all those little ones are feeling so accomplished! We are again using our concert as a venue for the community to gather personal care products for our local food bank. The price of admission - a bottle of shampoo or something similar. The kids are incredibly puffed up when they see the mountain of products grow throughout the concert. They truly get to see how music can effect change in the world.
Comment by Derrick Miller on May 6, 2010 at 12:54pm
Drat, I will have to promote someone to coffee steward. (Walt, I hope the palpitation thing is on the mend for you.)

Has it occured to anyone else that Donna is being conspicuously quiet about this log conversation? :)
Comment by Walt Pilcher on May 6, 2010 at 12:38pm
I hear Sitka spruce is good, especially if you hollow out the log and beat on it with a stick in time to the music (mahogany for the stick). But seriously, Donna's suggestion is a good one! I may try it this summer after my upcoming crazy travel schedule settles down and I can actually get back to a practice routine.

I quit drinking coffee last October after my doctor suggested I cut down to see if it would reduce the heart palpitations I was experiencing occasionally, although he said they weren't anything to be concerned about. It helped some, but I think it was just that my heart was all aflutter over being in the Acoustic Guitar Community. Anyway, you guys can get your own coffee!

Comment by James P. Royle on May 6, 2010 at 10:35am
what kind of wood does that log need to be?
Comment by Derrick Miller on May 6, 2010 at 5:25am
Time for another welcome, this one goes to Joel and David. Thanks for joining and please feel free to join in the conversations, post up your own discussions or just pull up a chair and grab a cup of joe...uh oh, we're out of coffee again...WALT!!!!

Comment by Michele on May 4, 2010 at 6:47pm
Lol@Derrick's last comment...the one thing keeping a log has done for me (the whole 4 days I've been doing it) is to give me a clear view of what I'm accomplishing, if anything
Comment by Derrick Miller on May 4, 2010 at 8:58am
Cool, James...we will need pics, though! LOL. When you do have time check out Donna's practice log thread. At first I could not sort out why she was having her students practice on a log when they own perfectly fine guitars but...


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