Of course, I must start at the fact I wouldn’t be who I am without your help in my studies of music theory or learning how to shred some shredtastic blues riffs on my guitar. Everything that I love to do is built off of my love of playing guitar, and I wouldn’t have that without your excellent teachings. You’ve taught me in the best way possible, from the first 30 minute lesson on a cold Thursday in the third grade. Your teachings, are what I am thankful for, because it has led me to do great things. Thank you. I hope that never goes away.
Of course, it wasn’t easy at first–I was very skeptical of you and your teachings. Listening to you ramble on about what an E note was seemed infuriating at the time. I would have a face contorted into a scowl looking upon you as you explained the notes that labeled the strings played. The guitar felt so stiff and hard to play, and my ability to pluck seemed so stagnant. I would harshly pluck one note and then cross my arms while my face squinted in frustration. Yet, even after my stubbornness, you kept at it, and you grew on me as the first year went by and my fingers began to–moderately–warm up to the fret board and I started alternate picking other than just picking straight down.
It was just, I wasn’t understanding the deeper meaning of what playing guitar was actually leading me as a person to be. The question I always asked myself was: what the am I doing this for? Would I ever know?
As the next couple of years went by, I became more independent as a player and as a person as I entered the sixth grade. It all began to dawn on me–my love of music, my long hairstyle, my laid back personality, it all was because I experienced your teachings, and you opened my eyes in the process by showing me what this item with strings on it really opens up in a person. Everything I am is modeled off of what you are and what you have showed me. Thank you for that.
Then we get to now: I am almost through the seventh grade and am about to move to a separate state. My skill in guitar and my knowledge of music theory has come together to support my saxophone playing, all the bands that I know and understand, as well as me taking leadership on what I do on my guitar all the while still being taught new things by you every Thursday for 30 minutes. I still appreciate it, and I am glad that I am given the chance to learn about something so great that adds to what I already know and have experienced. When I move, even though we will Skype call in replacement of a lesson, it will still be a chapter of my life coming to an end, and it will be a truly magnificent experience that is leading me to hopefully great things.
Thank you, Wayne, for your guitar lessons that have inspired me to become a better person and learn more about music all the time, and answering my question, I am doing this because it is who I am, and without it, I would have not a whole lot to enjoy. and most importantly, for showing me how to shred some shredtastic blues riffs on my guitar.
In the most sincerest of ways, your best student,