Every Good Boy Does Fine and FACE, the difference between whole notes, half notes and quarter notes, the sharps and flats and the G and F clef. But all I really wanted to do was play music.
I toughed it out and got a clarinet, which was certainly more portable. I made numerous trips to Willis Music to buy more reeds, since I was forever chipping them. But I was only playing notes printed on a page and I doggone it wanted to PLAY music! You know, spontaneously and from the heart.
The Beatles came along which started a wave of other bands with young guys playing guitar and I surmised this may be the ticket. So I begged my folks to get me a guitar. I got one and then an electric guitar. Ever since then I’ve been playing music..from the heart.
|That's me with a Strat at 14 years old|
|Danelectro made Silvertones|
|Sears Danelectro Silvertone with amp.|
|Montgomery Ward Airline guitars|
one guitar that resembled a map of the United States.
|Teisco brokers catalog|
Glen Campbell did a lot of studio work using his Teisco guitar. These were featured in all the popular mail-order catalogs.
|Montgomery Wards/Valco amps|
Things are so much different these days. Life has changed.
Musicians Friend or Guitar Center or our local music stores web sites to see what is being offered. Much of the merchandise is no longer built in the United States, but the World’s manufacturers have come a long way in improving their products and in many cases their offerings are of excellent quality.
I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season and a Prosperous and Blessed New Year! And may this year bring Peace on Earth!