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The Guitar and its effect on my life

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The Guitar and its effect on my life By Jeffrey Li The time was Christmas morning 2003, the ambience was silent and tranquil; not a sound could be heard. All of a sudden, I was woken from my eternal slumber. With awareness of the significance of the time and event, I leaped out of bed and rushed into the living room where a Christmas tree stood tall. Beneath the tree there lay my precious presents. Rummaging through these random gifts that had been awarded to me, I was disappointed to see that there were few that specifically appealed to me. Yet being the foolish child I was, I had overlooked one of them. In the corner of the room was one unwrapped box; upon it labelled "Electric Guitar and Amplifier". Although it had not appeared to be something as momentous at first, little had I known that this object was something that would soon turn out to have a highly significant effect on my life... From that point on, the guitar seemed to turn the tables for me. It was highly unlike any other musical instruments I have ever played before, it had seemed to be something that I had become completely attached and addicted to. In spite of all the offers my father had given to me about guitar lessons, I had intentionally turned them down. ...read more.


They were gone; gone with the wind and faded away as swiftly as a guitar riff. Being a guitarist also seemed to have its social benefits. After a few months of playing, I joined up with a fellow guitarist, a bassist and a drummer. Together, we had formed a four piece band. These people appeared to share similar interests in terms of music and it had also turned out that the other members of our band had experienced similar obsessions with their instruments. Spending time and practicing with the band is an activity I regard as very special. While we practice, we are all able to release our energies and frustrations into the music. It is one of the few opportunities we get to just simply let go and channel every emotion and every thought into the music without any barrier or restraints. Yet despite all the fun of our practices, it is nothing compared to the rush and adrenaline of a live performance. Though we rarely get an opportunity to perform live - our band always tries to cherish the moment once we get the chance. Thinking back to our first live performance, it was a quite a fierce explosion of energy on stage. Both the physical and psychological feeling was indescribable. ...read more.


The tips of each finger have hardened and become calloused. Blisters also have a tendency to regularly form on the fingers I use to press the strings onto the fret board of the guitar. As enjoyable as the process of practice is, the after effects are very painful. My parents have also made me highly aware of the idea that playing my guitar has reduced the amount of time I am able to dedicate to my academics. My obsession with practicing the guitar has almost reached the point that my parents have had no choice but to enforce a maximum practice time of 3 hours per day on the guitar. They have also warned me that should my grades drop, my guitar would be the first possession of mine that would be confiscated. This in one sense could also be a good thing considering the fact that it does give me more incentive to achieve higher academic grades. After weighing out the pros and cons, I would definitely say that playing the guitar has had a favourably positive effect both psychologically and physically upon my life. With aid of my guitar I was able to release the stresses of everyday life, learn new ideas about music and make new friends. Of all the greatest gifts that anyone has ever bought me, my guitar is definitely among the top. ...read more.

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