Goodbye Guitar

We’ve been trying to have a clear out. I’m a bit of a hoarder so it’s hard. My old guitar is a case in point

I got it for Christmas one year when I was a child. I’d had piano lessons but thought that guitar was a much cooler instrument to play. Although I tried, I never got away with it. My hands are small and I don’t have a lot of movement in my left wrist so I struggled with the frets, even though the guitar was only 3/4 size. I did get a feel of the basics though: how to tune the guitar and so on, which has stood me in good stead for learning the ukelele, which I find so much easier: the neck is smaller and there are only four strings to think about. I still find some ukulele chords virtually impossible to play, but I improvise and somehow it works and I enjoy it.

For much of the time I was growing up, the old guitar became little more than a fancy dress prop for various family members. Remember that scene in A Shot In The Dark when Inspector Clouseau is making enquiries at a nudist colony, wearing nothing but a strategically-placed guitar? I remember my brother re-enacting that with my guitar. Hilarious!

A generation later, our son learnt how to play ukelele at school and then picked up my guitar and taught himself to play that. He graduated to the full size guitar he got as a birthday present and has become a lovely player, although seldom outside his bedroom. It was wonderful that the old instrument got a new lease of life, but since Son outgrew it, it had been gathering dust so it was time for it to go. I advertised it on our street Facebook page and quickly got a reply from a neighbour. She arranged to pick it up today and I left it by the front door for socially distanced collection.

I downloaded Marie Kondo’s book “The Art of Tidying” a while ago when it was on special offer. I probably wouldn’t have done so otherwise, but I wanted to see what the fuss was about. I found some of the techniques useful but a lot of it was a bit to extreme for me. Getting rid of items that no longer “bring you joy” is hard enough, but the idea of thanking those things for their service and saying goodbye to them, seemed very weird to me, but I suppose that’s exactly what I’m doing here, paying tribute to my old guitar as it leaves for its new home as it helps another person learn to play. Goodbye old guitar!

Do you find it difficult to shed old possessions?

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I live in Northumberland, within sight of the sea and spend my time knitting, crocheting, sewing and trying my hand at different crafts. There's usually a story to share about the things I make.

9 thoughts on “Goodbye Guitar

  1. It is easier to let things go when you know the recipient really wants it:)
    I’m a bit of a collector too. I can’t imagine letting a whole lot of it go at once. Piece by piece is how mine will go:)

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  2. Oh yes, I find it hard to part with some items, too. The most recent was the clock I bought my daughter to help her learn the time. It was made harder because, like you, I’d left it outside the door for social distancing purposes, so didn’t feel I was able to say goodbye properly. However, I know it has gone to a new home, where another little girl can benefit from it.

    At the end of the day, your guitar has been a joy to your family but now you have your memories and we, your readers, will also remember your guitar 😊

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    1. You totally get how I feel! I did actually speak to the new owner as she stepped away from the door. She promised that if the guitar playing doesn’t work out she’ll send it to the charity shop not the bin, so someone else can benefit.

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  3. Hey that made me smile Jackie! I’m streets ahead of you on the hoarding front- Only just managed to get rid of my Mum’s old guitar case from the loft a few weeks ago, even though the guitar itself had gone years ago!

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    1. Sometimes I’ll decide something has to go but it might take weeks for me to actually go through with it. This was what happened with the guitar! Looks like COVID had scuppered our plans to meet up 😞. Keep in touch x

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  4. I used to teach guitar to a couple of friends. No fee, just buy me coffee when you see me. They were all beginners, at this point I’m 50 years into playing guitar. One time I told them” Some days, I said holding up my guitar – Some days this will be the only friend you have.” I billed my lessons as Barre chords you can play in a bar.

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing that…and for sharing your music with others, whether they listen or learn, over so many years. Making or listening to music is important . It has the infallible ability to make you feel better, especially in these difficult times. The world would be infinitely worse without it.❤️

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