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John Schaefer, Radio Host ... and Guitarist

Thursday, May 08, 2008 - 03:58 PM

I first picked up the guitar when I was 12. Unfortunately, I picked it up left-handed. Unable to figure out how to follow the guitar lessons on public tv (we couldn’t afford real lessons), I had to let the instrument go. But I always wanted to play, and when I was 15 or 16, and had seen enough punk rock shows where the level of guitar playing was, shall we say, entry-level, I decided to have another crack at it. Right-handed, this time. I still couldn’t afford lessons, but with some help from a few friends who played, I finally learned to play that dreaded F chord (the first major hurdle, where a single finger has to stop two strings at once), and then never looked back. I practiced a lot on my own, but it was really important to have friends who you could play with, and commiserate with when you hit a rough patch. I rarely get to play that much anymore, but maybe if I had one of those amateur musician circles around, I would…

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