I’m learning the guitar – finally

I’ve always wanted to learn the guitar but it’s something I’ve never got round to doing. The desire to be able to play songs by the likes of Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Dire Straits has always been there but the learning side has somehow eluded me. As Mark Knopfler growls in Money for Nothing, “I should have learned to play the guitar.”

I briefly tried teaching myself in my teens but didn’t get very far. I wasn’t a good teacher and quickly lost the respect of my ‘class’.

Then Kate bought me one for my 30th birthday. It’s a thing of beauty and I love it. With Dylan on the way and a necessary move from our one-bedroom flat to the house we now live in, however, it fell by the wayside again. The best part of a decade later and with three kids now in tow, I still haven’t learned. But that is finally about to change.

Xander recently celebrated his sixth birthday and has shown a keen interest in music lately. I say ‘lately’, but this picture from before he could walk can now be seen as a hint!

A baby playing with a toy guitar.

He particularly likes guitar-driven stuff – good lad – so we bought him one as his main present. This has served as the nudge I needed to finally learn to play mine.

So we’re going to learn to play our guitars together. I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be interesting to see how we do. We’re both the sort who always want to run before we can walk when learning new things, but I think we’ll motivate each other to keep trying.

He’s a very determined little lad and seems to be good at most things he turns his hand to so I’m optimistic that he’ll do well at the very least. He has a great ear for music and has a good grasp of rhythm and meter so that should stand him in good stead.

I like to think that I’ve got a good musical ear too. I had piano lessons as a kid and, before stupidly giving up, I had shown promise. Let’s hope that potential ability is still there!

Who knows where it could lead us? Into the Great Wide Open, maybe? Dylan wants to learn the drums and Kate has dabbled with keyboards so we could end up forming a band. Amelie could be our lead singer – although, based on her recent exploits, we may have to get someone else to write the lyrics.

Wherever this takes us, I think it’s going to be a lot of fun as well as a great way of spending time together.

Do you have a shared hobby with your kids?

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