Monday, November 27, 2006

This is odd

I am 34 today.

Normally, I wouldn't even mention such things, as I no longer have any of those adolescent "milestone" birthdays. I've long regarded the passing of such events as being irrelevant, but on my blog rounds today, I noticed this.

Now, Billy has become one of my favorites stops over the last couple of years, largely because I almost always agree with him regarding such things as philosophy and politics. It's now apparent that I also share a birthday with him, albeit sixteen years apart.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, damned happy birthday, then.

Didja know it's Jimi Hendrix's birthday, as well?

12:38 PM  
Blogger theirritablearchitect said...


I did happen to learn that fact several years ago, and was equally surprised.

I'm thinking that maybe I should take up an instrument, as I seem to be the odd one out on the whole music thing. I don't think I could ever be an axe man, however, my hands are far too small, unless you could recommend a guitar with a really slender neck?

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the best guitarists I ever knew stood about 5'4" and had hands about two-thirds the size of mine. He was playing rings way all around me in high-school.

I've seen enough to be convinced that it's not about that, at all. It's about a bit of basic talent and the work that one puts into it.

Did you ever drop into a music store just to see what a guitar neck feels like for you?

5:47 PM  
Blogger theirritablearchitect said...

The short answer is yes, and I've actually owned a guitar before (a beater acoustic that I scored for free from someone), that had a busted top nut and no strings.

I fixed its ailments and even managed to tune the damn thing, get some chord stuff and tried some of it for a while. This was about 7 years ago.

Being a young architect at the time, it just drifted to the back of a pile of stuff that seemed rather unimportant to me at the time and honestly, now that I'm married, I still don't have time for a lot of that kind of thing.

I can read music, though it's been a while, and I really like music and come from a family filled with musicians. I was instructed on the piano for a while by my mother, but I never really stuck to it, prefering sports as a kid.

I am not averse to spending money on good equipment, but if I do try picking up the guitar again, I'd like to not get soaked, though I know good guitars usually hold their value well.

Thanks for stopping by. Any direction you could give on decent buys is greatly appreciated.


8:01 PM  
Blogger Billy Beck said...

I think that the best buy in electric guitars these days is the Fender Stratocasters made in Mexico. I've bought two of them for under $250 each, used (which is part of the game, really), and I don't hesitate to gig them right next to my 1962 Gibson ES-355, which is about a fifteen thousand dollar guitar these days. (If I hadn't inherited that from my Dad, there is no way I could own it.) They have a great feel and do exactly what a Strat is supposed to do.

There is a hell of a lot of fashion in electric guitars. At the high-end, that's where a lot of the money goes, although it's true that they generally hold their value fairly well. But it's really not necessary to spend a fortune on a guitar these days, and especially for beginners. You can get a pro-grade feel for not much more than a song.

Very seriously recommended.

6:27 PM  

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