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Nileyears 67F
1380 posts
12/2/2019 3:16 pm
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Nileyears 67F
2375 posts
12/2/2019 3:21 pm

Turkey leftovers are all gone!


traveler56 73F
9506 posts
12/2/2019 5:23 pm

What a fine holiday! 🎶🎸


bijou649 70F
786 posts
12/3/2019 7:38 am

Hi Nile: I played guitar for years but one day I just stopped playing. When I was about 8 yrs old I took lessons on the Hawaiian Guitar. No matter what song I played, every song sounded like Country and Western so I gave up on the Hawaiian Guitar lessons. Years later I taught myself how to play on a Classical Guitar, then went on to Acoustic Guitar and finally an Electric Guitar. If anyone is looking for a hobby or a way to relax, they should teach themselves how to play a guitar. It hurts your finger tips a lot for awhile but then it doesn't hurt anymore and is great fun.


MrsJoe 72F
11718 posts
12/3/2019 7:38 am

What a fantastic time that was! I was no guitar master, but I could strum the chords to accompany myself and/or the children when we ministered at the nursing homes or other churches.
I was blessed with a Yamaha 365 SE and an electronic pick up, but only used the pick up in a church if needed. The man who gave it to me was a "guitar snob" and spent a lot of time hunting for his perfect guitar (this was in the 90s) and finally chose this one, only to turn around and bless me with it a year or so later. Then he taught me some of the basics.
I loved spending time alone with God and my guitar, but eventually I stopped because of the arthritis in my fingers, I didn't have the strength to hold down the strings.
When Joe and I drove out to CA to see my daughter and her family, I took my guitar along to give to my grandson, a very accomplished guitarist, who didn't have an acoustical anymore. I know he treasures it.


If you expect nothing from anyone, you won't be disappointed, but you might be pleasantly surprised.


CarolynVII 91F
3713 posts
12/3/2019 9:15 am

What fun for all of you and your guitars! Wouldn't it be something to get you all together? I'm sitting here and smiling....Only in SFF could you get an intercontinental jam session together!


Nileyears 67F
2375 posts
12/3/2019 9:15 am

Yes Traveler it was, and we are going to be doing this at Christmas too!!


Nileyears 67F
2375 posts
12/3/2019 9:29 am

    Quoting bijou649:
    Hi Nile: I played guitar for years but one day I just stopped playing. When I was about 8 yrs old I took lessons on the Hawaiian Guitar. No matter what song I played, every song sounded like Country and Western so I gave up on the Hawaiian Guitar lessons. Years later I taught myself how to play on a Classical Guitar, then went on to Acoustic Guitar and finally an Electric Guitar. If anyone is looking for a hobby or a way to relax, they should teach themselves how to play a guitar. It hurts your finger tips a lot for awhile but then it doesn't hurt anymore and is great fun.
Hi Bijou! You started before me with the guitar, I was 12, I was 10 when I started playing the violin, which I still play. Hawaiian guitar I have never played, but I do play some country western, but prefer classic rock and old Beatles music, that's why so many different guitars, they each have their own unique sound. Had to laugh at "it hurts your finger tips", my daughter couldn't wait to show me her new calluses on her finger tips.


MrsJoe 72F
11718 posts
12/3/2019 9:39 am

    Quoting Nileyears:
    Hi Bijou! You started before me with the guitar, I was 12, I was 10 when I started playing the violin, which I still play. Hawaiian guitar I have never played, but I do play some country western, but prefer classic rock and old Beatles music, that's why so many different guitars, they each have their own unique sound. Had to laugh at "it hurts your finger tips", my daughter couldn't wait to show me her new calluses on her finger tips.
Ah, yes, the calluses. A minister friend of mine who also played, would take hold of my hand every time we met, and run his fingers across the tips of my fingers to see if I was "still pickin' and grinnin'". I kept my fingernails cut short too, even shorter than I did for nursing.
That is a habit I still have. Can not stand for my nails to get very long. Just doesn't feel right.


If you expect nothing from anyone, you won't be disappointed, but you might be pleasantly surprised.


Nileyears 67F
2375 posts
12/3/2019 10:23 am

    Quoting MrsJoe:
    What a fantastic time that was! I was no guitar master, but I could strum the chords to accompany myself and/or the children when we ministered at the nursing homes or other churches.
    I was blessed with a Yamaha 365 SE and an electronic pick up, but only used the pick up in a church if needed. The man who gave it to me was a "guitar snob" and spent a lot of time hunting for his perfect guitar (this was in the 90s) and finally chose this one, only to turn around and bless me with it a year or so later. Then he taught me some of the basics.
    I loved spending time alone with God and my guitar, but eventually I stopped because of the arthritis in my fingers, I didn't have the strength to hold down the strings.
    When Joe and I drove out to CA to see my daughter and her family, I took my guitar along to give to my grandson, a very accomplished guitarist, who didn't have an acoustical anymore. I know he treasures it.
Hi MrsJoe! Yes, it was fun! I'm no master at guitar either, probably never will be, playing guitar you learn something new everyday, so how can one ever truly become a master? That was pretty cool that you played at nursing homes and churches, I have a few friends that do that. I knock on wood that arthritis stays away from my fingers, my oldest and dearest friend gave up piano because her fingers got so arthritic, really bad. That was great that you passed down your guitar to your grandson, mine will go to my granddaughter.


Nileyears 67F
2375 posts
12/3/2019 10:30 am

    Quoting CarolynVII:
    What fun for all of you and your guitars! Wouldn't it be something to get you all together? I'm sitting here and smiling....Only in SFF could you get an intercontinental jam session together!
It was fun Carolyn and I look forward to our next get together. You know that there are people that actually get together from all over the world and combine videos of themselves playing together. We had some members of our guitar group do that, which just amazes me, I'm lucky if I can do a video on my phone mush less splice together 4 musicians jamming together from different parts of the world!


Nileyears 67F
2375 posts
12/3/2019 10:36 am

    Quoting MrsJoe:
    Ah, yes, the calluses. A minister friend of mine who also played, would take hold of my hand every time we met, and run his fingers across the tips of my fingers to see if I was "still pickin' and grinnin'". I kept my fingernails cut short too, even shorter than I did for nursing.
    That is a habit I still have. Can not stand for my nails to get very long. Just doesn't feel right.

Hahaha, they know you aren't playing when they see the finger tips are soft! Then you have to notice how quickly your nails actually grow! I clip mine every three days, can't stand long nails anymore, I do understand what you are saying.


bijou649 70F
786 posts
12/3/2019 1:13 pm

I was never a great guitar player but one time my friend was auditioning for a job as a singer and she told me I had to play the guitar for her while she sang for her audition. I finally agreed but then she told me she wanted to sing Leaving on a Jet Plane, but when I looked up the sheet music for that song I was shocked to see all the complicated chords that I never heard of was I think one was B flat minor 7 or something like that. Anyway now we were on the stage in a bar and I was a nervous wreck over all the weird chords I had to play, then about two seconds into the song all the fire alarms went off. We didn't know what to do so she just kept singing and I kept playing. So funny, she didn't get the job and no-one heard me play, but we laughed about it for weeks.


Nileyears 67F
2375 posts
12/3/2019 2:06 pm

    Quoting bijou649:
    I was never a great guitar player but one time my friend was auditioning for a job as a singer and she told me I had to play the guitar for her while she sang for her audition. I finally agreed but then she told me she wanted to sing Leaving on a Jet Plane, but when I looked up the sheet music for that song I was shocked to see all the complicated chords that I never heard of was I think one was B flat minor 7 or something like that. Anyway now we were on the stage in a bar and I was a nervous wreck over all the weird chords I had to play, then about two seconds into the song all the fire alarms went off. We didn't know what to do so she just kept singing and I kept playing. So funny, she didn't get the job and no-one heard me play, but we laughed about it for weeks.
I don't think of myself as a great guitar player either, but maybe that's just us, or maybe it's because we compare ourselves to great guitar players, but your friend knew you were good enough to accompany her while she sang, so, there ya go! My kids keep telling me I'm really good, I don't see it, but hey, they think I'm good so who am I to argue, lol.

That story is so funny, I pictured it in my mind and started laughing so hard it brought tears to my eyes!


deborahsu2 79F
3404 posts
12/3/2019 3:10 pm

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of the year. Family together and lots of food. And you and your family made such great memories. So happy for all of you and hope Christmas is even better for you.


Nileyears 67F
2375 posts
12/3/2019 4:36 pm

    Quoting deborahsu2:
    Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of the year. Family together and lots of food. And you and your family made such great memories. So happy for all of you and hope Christmas is even better for you.
I love this time of year, not because of presents, or celebrations, but because of my family and how much fun we have when we are all together, which isn't as often as I like, but I'll take what I can get.

I wish you the same during the holiday season Deborah, love, good food and cheer!