As a beginner guitarist (which description sounds rather ……… hmmmm, well, oxymoron-ish to me as a musician of almost 50 years now), I am amazed and in awe at what advanced guitarist friends can do effortlessly with their guitars – friends like Kim, Molly, and my own daughter, Bekah. I’m still struggling with trying to remember how to finger C, F, and G7 chords – much less changing smoothly from one to another. I enjoy listening and watching others play, and hope to be able to attain some degree of ability to share with my Kindermusik families in class someday.
Last week I viewed an amazing video post on Molly McGinn’s blog entitled “I aspire” that just completely enthralled me. This artist, KT Tunstall, was literally a one-woman band. I encourage you to follow the link above and check it out for yourself. She is an extremely talented artist and does things that I never even realized you could do with a guitar.
This morning, however, as I responded to an email from a Youtube friend, I found myself reliving music from the 70’s and rediscovered someone there on Youtube that I hadn’t thought of in a while – Phil Keaggy who performed some of the most outstanding guitar riffs/solos of that time and since. Keaggy is the guitarist’s guitarist, if you know what I mean.
And what a pleasure to find out that his artistry hasn’t dimmed one bit over the years. I think he’s actually better than ever – there is a maturity and freedom that is usually only seen in the complete artist when he or she has reached the point that they play simply for the joy of expressing themselves in their music.
So here is a video reply to Molly’s “I aspire”. I can’t possibly aspire to be anything remotely comparable to this man and his talent, but I can keep plunking away at those C, F, and G7 chords and hopefully one day accompany my classes in our “hello” songs.