OUR DAILY GRATEFUL POST!

TODAY I AM GRATEFUL FOR MY NEW GUITAR!


WE’RE GOING TO MAKE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC TOGETHER

what are you grateful for ~ please share…

Thank you!

(c) onceuponahotflash, 2017

64 thoughts on “OUR DAILY GRATEFUL POST!

  1. Oh wow! Is it really a new one? Congratulations!! I m so eager to know if you play it! Will you share with us your music skill!? πŸ™‚

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  2. That sounds good, I am grateful to be away with really good friendsπŸ’œπŸ’

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  3. Such a beautiful guitar! I used to play a little myself and would like to get back into it – let’s make sweet sweet music soul sister! ❀ xx

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  4. I would love to hear your music, even as you just begin. Starting something new is good, and you don’t start out as Jose Feliciano. 😎

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    • Thanks George, I particularly needed the reminder that I won’t start out as Jose Feliciano because that’s how I want to start out as!! Lol. I will definitely post some as soon as I know a few chords!! πŸ™‚

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  5. You know what Deb..i am loving this…a reason to thank each day..

    P.s. today i am grateful for a successful business deal

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  6. Congratulations! It is beautiful! So happy to hear you are going to learn to play the guitar! Good morning Deb! I hope you have an excellent day today! ((HUGS!!)) xoxoxo

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    • Thanks, I love it!! I’m excited to learn. Good afternoon PJ! I’m sneaking in a response during work!! Thanks, my day is going pretty well. I hope you are having a delightful day too!! ((HUGS!!)) xoxo πŸ™‚

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    • How exciting to learn a new instrument! I have had a great day with one exception. I was sitting outside with my Sugar and I was busy reading the news on my phone. She apparently squeezed out of the space between my gate and fence and got out of the yard. I didn’t see this happen and I couldn’t find her. She heard my voice from outside the fence and came running. Thank goodness!!

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    • Oh my that must have been a scary moment. You need to plump her up so she can’t squeeze thru, lol. This comment was in my trash, I just found it!! Rob and one other were also on in my trash…I wonder why! Yes I am very excited to learn to play it!! πŸ™‚

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    • That’s exactly what I have been thinking… plump her up! LOL! But yesterday I was sitting outside with her and she started to squeeze herself through the fence and I harshly told her, “No, no! Don’t do that.” She quit and didn’t try to do it today. I would like to think she won’t try it again, but I will still have to watch her until she plumps up.

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    • Oh that was good that she listened to you…but yeah you’re definitely going to have to keep an eye on her for now.

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    • Every so often, I will find comments in my junk mail and just about everyone experiences the same thing. I figure it’s glitches going on with WP.

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    • Yeah I’m sure that’s what it is too. It seems it happens sporadically.

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  7. Oh wow, have fun learning.

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  8. A Takamine! It’s beautiful, Deb! I hope that it brings you a lifetime of joy.

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    • Thanks Rob!! You ended up in my trash again…ugh! So I’m guessing you are familiar with Takamine, I thought you would be…I love how gorgeous it is…my first lesson is Monday…ooh I’m so excited. Move over Taylor…hehe

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    • While I like Taylor guitars, they aren’t my favorites. My main acoustic is a Breedlove. It plays like an electric. I hope that you post on how your lesson went!

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    • Taylor and Taylor Swift joined forces in creating Taylor Guitars for her…but you probably already know that. Being new to the guitar world I am not familiar with Breedlove, but I love the name!! Mine is acoustic/electric as soon as I figure out how to use the onboard electric mechanism. I can also tune it with that same mechanism, but again I’m probably telling you something you already know. My first lesson is tomorrow night, I did watch some YouTube videos yesterday and I must say I was getting quite frustrated trying to work my fingers on the neck. I had to turn the guitar so that I could see where they were supposed to go plus see the strings to pick. I sat in front of a mirror to watch that way, which helped some, but I’m short and I was wondering if the guitar was too big for me as I couldn’t get comfortable, but I’m sure it’s just a matter of learning everything. That was one thing I did when I bought it, I tried many guitars as some did feel too big and bothered my right arm when trying to reach over the body. They had a really small guitar they called an artistic guitar (I think) it was used strictly for songwriting and I almost bought it as it fit my body so well…but it didn’t have the rich tones the bigger guitars had. I’m sure it will all work out…if not they had digital pianos, I’ll get one of those!! I want a piano but thought I’d start with a guitar as it’s less expensive to start anyways, and easier to bring with me if I wanted to…but these digital pianos were inexpensive, I was surprised. Hmmm post about it, perhaps I will, maybe I’ll be able to help others who are just starting out and might get discouraged as I was. Have a wonderful Sunday Rob! Where’s the sun??? πŸ™‚ (oh and again you were in my trash)

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    • I know that Bob Taylor made a signature guitar for Taylor Swift, but I believe that Taylor was making guitars with the Taylor 815 in 1976, and Taylor Swift was born in 1989. Breedlove is a guitar company in the PacWest. My soundboard is cedar, unlike my other acoustics which are spruce. Either way, strumming is king and music reigns. Strum on, Deb😍

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    • Oh yes Taylor Guitars were around before Taylor Swift but they teamed up on some guitars that I think are available to the public to buy too….plus they make their own of course. Yes mine is spruce not cedar. I’ll let you know after my lesson tonight if I am of strummable quality. Gotta get my little hands around the neck!! Can’t wait til I know where all the strings are too…I hold down the 6th string while I strum the 5th…HA! Yes strum on my dear Rob!! πŸ™‚

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    • Speaking of Taylor Swift, I bought the Avantone microphone that she used/uses in her studio recordings. Unfortunately for me, it didn’t make me sound anything like her. πŸ˜‰ I hope to hear how the lesson went! There are some decent lessons on youtube, too. Strum on, Deb!!

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    • Lol…oooh maybe I should try!! Yes I was watching a few of the Youtube lessons starting with the very basics like “this is a guitar”, that helped alot!! πŸ˜‰ But as I said I was getting frustrated with trying to reach around the neck and press the strings down especially when using my baby finger…so I’m hoping human intervention will help! I’ll let you know!! Yes strum on Rob!!

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    • I used to practice chromatic scales for hours. Just half steps, or every fret in one position. The instructor will show you how to hold the neck, where to place your thumb and some exercises to strengthen your hand. Just wait until those fingertips get nice and sore! lol

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    • Hmmm maybe Mr. Tips might have some tips for my fingertips!!! πŸ˜‰

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    • You know, Mr. Tips has some amazing hand exercises that are guaranteed to improve your fingers tensile strength. πŸ˜‰

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    • I bet he does!!! Tensile huh…hmmm. Oh and guess what the name of my instructor is …Robbie!! HA how about that.

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    • haha! Yes he does. Robbie? Is his last name Tips? If so, he may have a legal battle on his hands. πŸ˜‰

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    • Nope not Tips, no worries!! But I may inquire about Tensile hand and finger exercises. hehe πŸ˜‰

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    • Those questions are reserved for Mr. Tips only! And I’m sure that he’d be happy so share his insight. πŸ˜‰

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    • Oh yes, I can see your point!! Ahhh good to know, he’s so giving! πŸ˜‰

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    • I’ve re-read this today and I literally laughed out loud. In the context of who or what Mr. Tips is, I didn’t realize that my point was showing. πŸ˜‰ How did the lesson go?

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    • I knew you would catch on eventually…Mr. Tips must have been tired!! πŸ˜‰ It went well, he showed me how I’m supposed to find the balance of the guitar and to rest it on my leg and “hold” it with my right arm leaving my left hand free and relaxed to play the neck, he showed me how to position my thumb on my left hand for now as I get used to playing the frets. We are deciding on whether the guitar is too big for me or not. He showed me a few ways to hold it and it seems that maybe crossing my leg might be the way to go, but it’s too early to tell. He said I had good dexterity and seemed to move around it well, that I knew the strings well and he gave me my first song to practice! Twinkle twinkle little star… On the YouTube video that I watched over the weekend the person said here’s how to remember the notes of the strings…Eddie Ate Dynamite Good Bye Eddie…EADGBE…it worked because that’s how I remember them and then of course string numbers 1-6 too. I told him if I don’t get comfortable with the guitar that I’ll go to keyboard, he said he could teach me that too. It’s early though so we’ll see how it progresses. Thanks for asking…hope you are having a marvelous day…it’s gorgeous out here. πŸ™‚

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    • A lot of guitar playing (and I imagine many other instruments) is muscle memory. Once you have the feel in your fingers to where the strings are, a huge impediment to progress will have been lifted. I don’t know if size matters with guitars. Check out this woman – Tal Wilkenfeld – play a rather large bass:

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    • Thanks Rob, wow is she amazing!! I’m going to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star just like that by next Monday night!! LOL Although her bass is rather large it’s thin and there’s no reaching over the body to get to the strings…but again I think you are right once I have the feel in my fingers I’ll be all set. It’s a process…But I appreciate anything you want to share with me, any and all tips!! πŸ˜‰

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    • I’m sure you’ll be ready for your twinkle performance, Deb. And I would be very excited to share any tips I have with you. 😍

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    • Oh yes, I’m sure I’ll be ready for both and thank you! πŸ˜‰

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  9. It’s gorgeous Deb, have you thought of a name for her/him yet? You’re going to just love it I know and I can’t wait for our music collaboration to take us even further into a whole new world. How exciting!
    I still haven’t decided whether or not to take my guitar on our camping trip. It’s so tempting and I love the idea of playing and singing round a campfire. We’ll see as time gets closer. Enjoy every minute of yours Deb. Big hugs xo

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    • I’ve toyed with a few names, this morning I thought oh how about Abraham…that represents many beings and guides and I would allow them to fill me with inspiration…but then that past and I’ve been kind of liking Annabelle. My middle name is Ann but and I like the addition of the “a’ to it followed by belle. What’s your middle name, what if you took that and added belle to it? I earlier thought of Stella, that made me smile but it seems it just might be Annabelle!! I know! I am so looking forward to our music collaboration too, it is soooo exciting. Just the thought of it makes me giddy… ::jumping up and down:: Yeah if there’s room and it won’t be cumbersome or a bother, otherwise leave it home and know it’s waiting for you to fill it with more music inspired by the trip. Thanks, I’m definitely appreciating this journey I’m embarking on and knowing that each thing is a step along the path. Big Hugs xo

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    • It sure is a step along the path and such an exciting one too. I’m so happy to be on it with you, I really am. Fills me with so much excitement and feelings of newness and expansion it makes me giddy!
      I love the name Annabelle, it suits it. I don’t have a middle name so mine could be Miribelle, sounds like something out of a fairy Disney movie haha.
      Yeah, the more I think about it the more I will probably leave mine at home. Just too much to take otherwise. Like you said, it’ll be waiting for me when I get back. Love you lots xo πŸ™‚

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    • Funny that you mention Disney because that’s exactly what I thought of…Tinkerbelle!! And I thought oh I love fairies, and sparkles and all that’s magical…I couldn’t remember her name at first…I kept thinking Twinklebelle and I knew that wasn’t right…but I like Twinklebelle too. I love Miribelle, it has a light airy sound to it. I had considered Taylor…but then decided against it. Well if Miribelle doesn’t suit you ponder on it while you’re in the outback and see what strikes you. Love you lots too xo

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  10. That’s a beauty, health to enjoy πŸ™‚

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  11. Oh Deb! That’s great to know. Such beautiful 🎸 which shall produce great Music from your wonderful hands and fingers.
    I remember you said you would be buying a 🎹 Piano.
    Now I am glad my songs shall be sung. Hahaha
    Good Morning!
    Good Night!
    Shiva🎢🎢🎢

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  12. It’s a beauty Debbie! Have fun!! I know you will be good at it.

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    • Thanks Jean!! I love it too, especially the scrolling on it. I tried doing a little bit with YouTube videos and I find playing the neck with the fingers on my left hand is challenging…but from what I’ve been hearing that’s the case for everyone. My hands are small so I was afraid they might be too small but according to the videos no hands are too small it’s just a matter of adjusting to the positioning. Ask Freddy if he remembers it being difficult in the beginning pressing the strings on the frets especially with the baby finger. Hope you are having a wonderful time off!! See you tomorrow. πŸ™‚

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