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Listen to it Loud — Second Inductee
July 28, 2012Posted by on
More than 10 years ago, I was at work when a co-worker brought his guitar in. A colleague encouraged him to play something on it. After initial hesitation, he did. He played this, primarily the part that starts at about the 1:08 mark. I heard it and had to play it. I embarked on an effort to learn how to play classical, or flamenco, guitar. Self-taught — which was my mistake. I have this grand desire to learn an instrument, but neither the time or money to take lessons. As a result, I keep trying an instrument and not getting too far. I spent a couple of years learning this style. I could even play a version of the song linked to above, as well as 10 or 15 others, but I had a limitation in how I held the guitar that made more difficult chords and pieces just too, well, difficult. I haven’t played much lately.
However, there was a song in one of my books that just hit me in the solar plexus. It was the song that I wanted to learn to play more than anything else. And, it is the second inductee in my Listen to it Loud Hall of Fame (which now has a tab at the top of this blog, including the criteria for selection, which, yes, this song violates, but it’s my HOF). Here’s the song. Zapateado as played by Juan Martin. I can play pieces of it, but never got to the point where I could play a passable version of the entire thing. Some day. Some day.
Bet you didn’t expect me to go from Rush to classical guitar.