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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by dobrojoe, Oct 25, 2018.
Is dad rocking an ascot, there?
My dad owned a nursery/landscaping biz in New Milford NJ. He did a job for a guy that didn't have $ but traded a Favilla classical guitar and some lessons. His name was Van Moretti, NYC session guitarist and arranger. Dad didn't play it but it was there from as young as I could remember and I was all over it. Finally in 1968 they got me lessons with Van, whom I studied with until I was 14. What a great way to start. He had me playing music at 10 that I probably can't play now.
I found him in a retirement community about 10 years ago and visited with he and his wife. I was excited to tell him of my world travels as a musician and show him some of my classical jazz originals that he gave the seed to. He listened patiently, paused then said "very nice, but who taught you to hold a pick like that? It wasn't me...." Ha! Shook me for months in trying to figure out how to hold a pick right.
Happened to google his name again this year and I was sad to see he had just passed away that week, at the age of 98! Still giving lessons! What a life. Thank you Van. I'm still working on the pick thing.
This is what I was playing in 68, although I think this was shot in 70. My house in Hackensack and Van Saun park in Paramus. With my Beatle book and Carcassi book, that I still have and play through from time to time.
You look like someone in the audience was going to throw underware in your direction
Van Saun Park!!!
I used to take my son there to ride the train...20+ years ago...
Gibson ES-125 TDC, Kustom tuck n roll with two 15". Coily cords of course.
More like ‘70 and 15 but parents bought me a Silvertone guitar and I bought a Deluxe Reverb amp.
Sold both at a garage sale but replaced the DR amp with a 67. And two Teles and a Jaguar now.
My friend was in a band and had a very nice sunburst Jaguar that I got to play every now and then.
My first electric guitar...a used Norma es335 knockoff (sort of) and a used Gibson GA200 amp. I felt very fortunate to have them. I wish I had that amp today.
I was still four years from starting on the road to hell. I was learning to play the cornet in ‘68.
Student level Viola.
I was 6 and these had just come out. That's what I was playing with.
A Mahogany acoustic I bought in Cebu City Philippines. My A/C had a 51 Southern Jumbo which he taught me some Cowboy Chords on and I figured I would keep trying to learn. It was junk but kept me happy. It cracked all to pieces when I brought home it back and it hit low humidity.
A warped Stella acoustic that I found in my grandparents attic. Missing some strings. It took me 3 months of showing the adults that I was serious about playing in order to get new strings. Had to mail order them as there were no music stores around in my rural hometown upbringing. Oh.. but when they came! All of sudden it was like... "So this what a G chord really sounds like!" Ha!
Hagstrom I guitar, Fuzz Face, Cry Baby, Heathkit amp.
Gibson SG std. The one with the big chrome tailpiece and wammy bar. Kustom 200 2-15 rolled and pleated. I played combo organ in a band but just barely knew how to play guitar at the time. I had previously had a Harmony f-hole guitar in '66 that was strung with razor wire about 1/2 inch off the fretboard. I kept the SG for years but mostly went to acoustics, starting with a Gibson B-25 in '69.
Everything I needed to know about music I learned during this time.
Play in tune.
Play in time.
DON'T PLAY WHEN IT'S NOT YOUR PART. i.e. noodling
It was my ma's. Always drove me nuts that she wouldn’t keep a steady tempo...
Okay well maybe it's 1965 there, but who needs a pick anyway????