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Listen to it Loud — Second Inductee

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.




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