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Oldies, But Goodies

This is a place for those of us who have been playing for 30 plus years to discuss our unique perspectives, experiences and concerns.

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Latest Activity: Aug 14, 2013

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Why do you still play? 37 Replies

Started by David Shade. Last reply by Jim Yates Jul 24, 2013.

Band Photos 2 Replies

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Health and Guitar Playing 5 Replies

Started by David Shade. Last reply by kevin May 29, 2013.

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Comment by Bob Crain on July 24, 2013 at 4:23am

Hey all check out my updated website....some video of new songs (but very old school folk rock), Photo Gallery Page, updates on Home Page news and Profile Page.....and a bit more, and stay tuned some demos of new songs going up shortly.

http://www.bobcrain.com.au/

Bob

Comment by Jim Yates on May 29, 2013 at 9:26am

I can't find a posting from myself on this group, so I'll introduce myself.  I'm a 69 year old Canuck and started messing with my brother's old Hofner arch top guitar in the late '50s and finally bought a guitar of my own, a 2nd hand Goya M-26, in 1960.  I played in folk groups at Hootenannies in church basements and school gyms in the '60s. 

When I moved to the central north shore of Lake Ontario, in 1969, I started playing with musicians from Cobourg, Port Hope and Peterborough and played in bluegrass, Irish trad, blues and swing and jug band groups.  Along the way I picked up a few banjos, mandolins, dulcimers, guitars, ukuleles, Autoharps and a wife who says that the concept of "enough" has not been grasped by her husband. 

I am a retired school teacher who plays in a bluegrass band, Sweetgrass, and a jug band, The Maple Leaf Champions.  I am the oldest member of the jug band, 45 years older than the fiddler, but the banjo player in Sweetgrass is a couple of months older than I am.

I teach guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele at a local music store and have a dulcimer student who comes to my house for lessons.  My youngest student was seven when I started teaching her and my oldest is seventy.

Comment by Gary Moulton on May 29, 2013 at 4:14am

I left out David Gilmore, he can twist your guts from the wood & wires.

Comment by Gary Moulton on May 29, 2013 at 4:11am

52 now ,started playing around 14. Had some Sears & Robuck acoustic , the action was easily over 1/2 inch at the 12th fret. but.....when I wanted to play I crept into my brothers room and uncased a Gibson ES125T and that was the vehicle I drove. Oh man just the smell, the feel , I knew there was something there that had to come out. I've never takin a lesson always waited for it to "click" and I'd be there. (still waiting) but having fun. After this last divorce I decided to get out and play. I won't turn down a gig. I don't care if its punk in a crack house....open up for a minute and I'm gonna get in your soul. I long for the coffee house of the 60's watch some old Jon Biaz where everyones in black with sunglasses so quiet you could hear a pin drop. O'well good thing I gut Bose...Soldier on. Players who effected me: Neil Young,Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, THE THREE KINGS, OTIS RUSH.

Comment by Rifle Green on July 4, 2012 at 3:29pm

Longtime reader/subscriber to AG; thought I'd take a look here. Started playing in undergrad,1964. Yup, all we had to play with back then was dirt, mud, and flattops:-). A bit later Dylan went electric, never got into that. 

Comment by Mike Bishop on April 11, 2012 at 12:21pm

Hello to all in the Oldies Group. Well I definitely qualify. I will turn the big 60 in Aug this year (2012) and I have been playing since the late '60's. I too had one of those guitars that would make you fingers bleed up until I bought my first nylon string out of desperation. I stepped up to a steel string Ovation soon after and had both until the were stolen in the mid-80's. I didn't play much for a long time until a friend gave me her nylon classical. But I never really did much what with kids, family, job etc. But I never lost the love of it. Two years ago I decided it was my mid-life crisis time to buy something I'd always wanted so I bought a new guitar. The first one was a Zager and there was really nothing wrong with it. But I'd always wanted a Martin and knew I wouldn't be satisfied until I got it. So Zager gave me a full refund without question and I saved up a little longer and got my Martin. I am actually thinking about going back to Zager soon for an acoustic-electric because I did like the setup and ease of play and want another guitar - because I can. I look forward to sharing with the group. Thanks for having me.

Comment by Jud Hair on August 16, 2011 at 5:37am
Hey Mike ... your story sort of parallels mine.  I started at 14, played in bands as a HS and college student, then laid off for a while.  Hurt my hand doing some landscaping work (trigger finger) that further set me back for a number of years, but once I got effective treatment, I went back at playing with a vengeance!  Like you, I'm playing more than ever and getting better and better.  Loving every minute of it!
Comment by Mike Nepper on August 15, 2011 at 9:45pm
I guess I'm an oldie now, (60 last March). I started playing guitar when I was 16 on a cheap steel string that really did make my fingers bleed. Other than some aches and pains from some old injuries and a little arthritis, I still feel good and play guitar every day. My skills have improved greatly over the last 10 years and I'm more creative than ever. There's nothing like the feeling of mastering a new piece after working really hard on it. Also, we have a little fingerstyle group "Peninsula Fingerstyle" on this website that meets every month and we trade songs and stories and some good food and drink. This weekend was the Healdsburg Guitar festival in Santa Rosa, Ca. I went with some friends and we were saying that when you play guitar, or any instrument, your life clock runs backwards! So, play on fellow geezers! 
Comment by Dan Losh on July 26, 2011 at 7:40pm

I started playing as a teenager back in '67. Trying to learn Lovin' Spoonful songs on a nylon-string cheapo with a bowed neck. That guitar is long gone and I'm still playing 40+ years later. Folk, blues, old R&R, gospel, bluegrass and a little country. I've made a few bucks with the guitar but jamming with friends is what I like the best. Guitar heroes include Lightnin' Hopkins, John Hurt, Ry Cooder, Leo Kottke, Neil Young, Jimmy Page. I'm living in Oklahoma now - there's wealth of acoustic music styles here. I've been reading the A.G. magazine for years but just recently joined this internet site. It's nice. Lots of good info and stories. Thanks...

DL

Comment by PaDuff on July 18, 2011 at 5:48pm

Hey All, nice to be here. I'm a Jersey Boy moved to Kentucky 6 years ago now it's home. I've been at the guitar for 44yrs on and off, you know how that is. I'm disable and don't walk much and just came off full time RVing, Have many good times under my belt and love to sing and play when I can. I try to remember all the old stuff and just keep at it. I have owned and sold many guitars, after the RVing sold all to buy my new home. I was taking the wife to work one day and at the end of the road was a acoustic in the garbage can right on top, picked it up and took it home, neck was broke at the heel where someone screwed in a strap button(right where it split) so opoxy a clamp and 24hrs later, adjusted the neck and off we go. new saddle, strings and 2 pegs  $5.00. Gibson Talent, made in China. LOL I'm holding it and I setit  up right, she plays. I will one day own the Martin D-28 and play, play,play. Working on my alternate picking needs work, I play a little and tense my wrist,dag nab it. could use some pointers.  I have read all the Oldies post and glad to be a part of it.

 I have a Boss 532 Digital Recorder and a Fender G-Dec just for practice and an  Austin Tele, I'm not into electric music but Blues is fun with the G-dec.

To all I look forward to learning alot here, Strum on, PaDuff 

 

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