My Sunday Photo – 23rd September 2018

First Guitar Lesson

A dad and his daughter sitting on the settee, both with a guitar in their hands.

Graham has been playing the guitar since he was five years old. He was taught by his Dad and it has always been his dream to teach one of his kids. He bought this pink guitar, in the photograph, for Star when she was about 7 years old, but she didn’t really show much interest.

Last week Boo decided that she would like to learn how to play and Graham was thrilled. He pulled out Star’s old guitar which was in need of a polish and some new strings and Boo helped him to get it ready. Then she listened to him tune it up. Finally her first lesson began and she loved it. I do hope she continues to learn. When she is not playing, her Dad is asking what note each string is so that she remembers the order.

Music has always been a big part of our family on both sides. My Mum could play the piano and sing. She taught herself and could never read music, but played by ear. My eldest brother is also a guitar player and likes to play keyboard. I learnt how to play oboe at school but it’s been a while since I picked one up. I can read music though and have a Diploma in Music theory. 

My eldest daughter learnt how to play the violin, but it’s been a while since she played. I bought her a purple violin for her 16th birthday. Star loves to play the keyboard and has a lovely singing voice. (I think that skipped a generation, because unlike my Mum, I have never been much of a singer.)

Graham was taught guitar by his Dad, but his uncle was also a singer/songwriter. If Boo continues with her lessons then I guess she’ll be getting a new guitar of her own. I do hope so.

Can you play an instrument?

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  1. September 23, 2018 / 9:41 am

    How fabulous for them both. I really hope she carries on playing. I don’t play, although I have plans this autumn to learn. All three children play the piano. We have one guitar and a harp player too. I love hearing them practise. #MySundayPhoto

    • September 23, 2018 / 1:28 pm

      I think music brings so much to a family x

  2. September 23, 2018 / 11:09 am

    What a great thing to learn, my girls haven’t shown an interest in learning an instrument.

    Hope you have a good Sunday and thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

    • September 23, 2018 / 1:29 pm

      Maybe they will when they are older.

  3. September 23, 2018 / 4:44 pm

    Hi Anne, you do have a musical family! It’s nice when a child shows interest in something off their own back. Where do you find the colourful instruments?… At the middle school, I went to everyone had to learn to read music and to play the recorder. After that, I dabbled with the tenor recorder and the oboe, more to get out of lessons than because I actually enjoyed it. I don’t think I’d know one end of an oboe from the other these days!



    • September 24, 2018 / 3:25 pm

      We bought my daughter’s gorgeous purple violin from a lovely music shop in the Custard Factory (which is not a custard factory but a quirky shopping/arts centre) I remember it so well, even though it was 13 years ago. I don’t think I could play the oboe now, but I think I remember how to get a note out of it, which I can’t do with a clarinet!

  4. September 23, 2018 / 5:10 pm

    How wonderful. What a great thing to learn. It is great they can do something together x

  5. September 23, 2018 / 11:12 pm

    I still have an old guitar that I can’t play and that none of my kids mastered, I hope Boo fares better than us. with some expert teaching.

    • September 24, 2018 / 3:26 pm

      I can’t play guitar, it hurts my fingertips too much.

  6. September 24, 2018 / 11:07 am

    I have always enjoyed music and think it should be required for all kids. What a lovely opportunity for bonding!

  7. September 24, 2018 / 9:32 pm

    I wish I was musical enough to be able to pay an instrument. So lovely to be able to pass on your talent to your children!

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