English 101 5T
10 September 2012
Learning something new can be a scary and difficult experience. One of the happiest moments in my life was also the hardest thing I have ever had to do. The challenge I encountered was learning how to play the acoustic guitar. The opportunity for me to start playing was when I won my first guitar at an auction. My younger brother’s band was hosting a concert that included food, a silent auction, and a live auction in which I won the guitar. I never pushed myself to learn to play the guitar because I was afraid of failure. Learning how to play this instrument could give me a skill that not many people have. I also thought it would be calming and help me express my feelings through lyrics. I never imagined that learning how to play the acoustic guitar would also make me a confident person.
New situations always make me anxious and nervous in a good way, and my first guitar lesson was absolutely no exception. I drove up to the guitar center in Lafayette, Louisiana, and waited for the teacher to show up. I took my guitar out of my case and waited anxiously to play. As I sat for a few minutes, my instructor walked in the room, smiled and introduced himself, “Hello. My name is Charlie Gathe.” Although he had taught harder, more advanced lessons, he did not seem to mind teaching a beginner. My nerves seemed to settle as he talked me through the basics of playing, and I began to feel at ease.
We began to go through basic chords that are played in beginner songs. Many chords are notes which are what makes up a song. Charlie taught me the strumming patterns, and I understood them easily. Although I would get stuck sometimes, he was very patient and willing to help. In one of the sessions we were in, he asked, “Since you want to play the guitar, there has to be reasons why you want to learn, right?” I looked at him and said, “I want to learn to play because it’s easy for me to express my feelings...