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February 20, 2009

The Guitar - Strumming Away Your Blues

This is a guest article by Holly McCarthy.

Of all the musical instruments that have been invented, the guitar is by far my favorite. I know I should have a better word to describe it, but the one that really fits is “cool” – yes, any man who knows his way around this stringed wonder is sexy and cool in my eyes; you have to admit that a guitar adds dollops of sex appeal to even the most normal of men.

Well, getting on to the music that comes from a guitar – the only kind I'm not really fond of is the heavy metal kind. But I do love rock and roll and blues. Eric Clapton, Bryan Adams and Jon Bon Jovi are among my personal favorites. And if you're looking at the more recent additions to the music hall of fame, I kinda like David Cook, last year's American Idol winner – now he could do things with a guitar that added more effect to his soulful voice.

A guitar is more than just an instrument for those who play it; it's an extension of their hands. And for listeners like me, the sounds that come from these instruments are an extension of our emotions. Tears roll down my eyes and I have a lump in my throat every single time I hear Eric Clapton sing “Tears in Heaven”, plugged or unplugged. I'm really not sad, but the song makes me connect with my softer emotions. And each time my iPod rolls around to playing Bryan Adams' “I Wanna Be (Your Underwear)”, my feet find a mind of their own and begin to dance with the beat.

It's not just the men in the music world who have a way with guitars – my favorite female guitarist is KT Tunstall. This enormously talented musician blew me away the first time I saw her perform, and even now, I'm still as much in awe of her talent as I am in love with her music.

My biggest regret in life is that I didn't learn to play the guitar; I did try at one point in my life, but I was going through a bad personal phase and my heart was just not whole enough to give the attempt my wholehearted efforts. Now, even though I still have the inclination to give the instrument a shot, I have too much on my plate to be able to handle another hobby or passion without compromising my other responsibilities.

And so mastery over the guitar still remains my holy grail, they one I hope to achieve at some point in my life. Till then though, I'm so grateful for all the wonderful artistes out there who bring soul and joy to my life with their amazing music.

This post was contributed by Holly McCarthy, who writes on the subject of a recognized online university. She invites your feedback at hollymccarthy12 at gmail dot com.

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Posted by Robert Renman on February 20, 2009

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