Copyright © 2017 by Wayne Stegall
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My Favorite Source Component
If the first goal of high fidelity is enjoyment of music, playing
an instrument seems foremost.
I began this journey in 1984. Having been told to stop playing
the piano and get a job, I took my mother's steel-string to the bedroom
and worked with a book to learn to play with a pick. After doing
while, I knocked out four teeth in an auto accident about April
1985. Then the inability to sing made flat picking a bore.
Perhaps the seed had
been planted earlier. When I was about
eight, dad invited a coworker to visit. When he came, he brought
handmade Spanish guitar and played some for us. Later when I was
19, a friend persuaded me of the virtues of classical
guitars. After the accident – when a visit to the mall took me to
a music store –
I saw for sale two classical guitar methods: a Carcassi method
book for $5 and an antique one for $1.50. Lacking for cash, I
bought an antique book copyrighted 1901 and began my quest to learn
Spanish guitar on the acoustic guitar I had at hand. After
learning the basics, I lost interest in the antique book because it had
too many waltzes and polkas and did not seem headed for the Spanish
music promised. In place of the book, I started to
improvise. By 1990, I had become skilled in improvisation to
where I played several songs of my own composition.
In September of
amid much personal turmoil, I went to the local music store and
first guitar of my own – a Yamaha classical – and began improvising
again. I continued in this way until a stunt by adversaries in
1996 caused me to stop playing for a long time.1
About a year after moving away, I felt free to play again. At
first, I only allowed 15 minutes a day of improvisation because I had a
book to write as well. When time allowed I began to practice
Classical guitar more
diligently from a better method book I had put away for future use.
Eventually I took my guitar to the garage to make a bone
saddle to replace its plastic one. Whether the improved
sound was worth the renewed feeling that I had to give up my guitar is
anybody's guess. I deduced that I had come into view of someone's
espionage. Therefore when it came time to apply golpeadors
(Flamenco tap plates)
– and eventually a new bone nut – all had to proceed much more secretly.
1See related article Orbit.
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