Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Mystery of the missing capos, picks, batteries and guitar students

EVERY YEAR AT this time I clean my lesson room in the back of Second String Music. It's amazing what you find behind bookshelves and tables.

This year I found my missing green Kyser capo, three other capos presumably once owned by the girls from Avenue Beat, seven guitar picks, a package of AA batteries, an old wine bottle guitar slide given to me by the late and legendary Lew Portnoy, and two guitar students who didn't show up for lessons after a month. They were remarkably well preserved.

This is a good time of year to rearrange stuff and get a fresh look. I removed everything from the room, vacuumed and dusted, and put it all back. The only thing left is to go through a huge pile of papers with various lesson plans and drills, plus songs and lyrics and directions to Gus Macker tournaments.

Clean out your room if you have time this Christmas. It's a great way to start fresh with the new year looming. And, if you are a guitar player, you can never have enough picks or capos. They'll just disappear again soon anyway.

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