Thursday, August 04, 2005

Gratuitous Guitar Posting

This lovely instrument is my first Spanish-made classical guitar. It is a Cordoba CWES. I've never been able to afford a Ramirez or a Contreras, never mind a Blochinger, which run way past a pastor's salary. This guitar is a real departure for me in another way in that it has a cutaway and a Fishman pickup, which allows me to play through an acoustic amplifier - "Which is good for playing in church," says my music director, with a sly grin.

The only reason I'm posting this is to come out of the not that closet...but to proclaim my love for classical guitar, and to admit that I took many years of lessons and that I've been a private player. I let my skills slip since ordination, but no more excuses! Just holding it makes me happy. I can't stop playing it. Okay, I'll stop slobbering now.

I'm working on some arrangements of hymns, and variations on Greensleeves, and other things. The hard work is building my left thumb muscle back to strength. I didn't lose speed over the years, but I certainly lost endurance. Scales...scales...scales.


I also want to wish my wife a happy anniversary! She being the world's greatest pastor's wife. This recent photo of her does not do her justice. It was dashed off by one Simonetta Vespucci (ca.1480), and I'm just not sure he's captured her true beauty.

I am a most blessed man. Tonight we shall dine Italiano, and every man in the restaurant will be jealous of me. They will say, "How did this hobbit woo such a fair lady?" Ah, that is where the guitar comes in! Like Orpheus, I employed classical guitar one starry October night in 1983, music to beguile her, and the rest, shall we say, is history - our history.

Thank you Deb, and God bless you. I love you.


Blogger PaulQBall said...

I will be waiting for the day you hit Carnegie Hall. Practice, practice, practice.
God Bless your creative ability.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Scribe said...

Thanks Paul,
Don't hold your breath though...Christopher Parkening I am not.

1:30 PM  
Blogger cwv warrior said...

Happiest Anniversary to you. Maybe someday you could stream a song or two onto your blog?

3:13 PM  
Blogger Scribe said...

Thanks CWV! I'll have to get help from my buddy over at Random Responses for that!

3:23 PM  
Blogger RPM said...

Cool guitarra. I love Greensleeves. It was one of the first fingerstyle arrangements I learned by rote memorization. What key do you play it in? I learned it in Am but I love Jeff Beck's subdued version in Gm too.

3:47 PM  
Blogger Scribe said...

Thanks RPM,
I did the same thing, A minor, and then I just paly around. I'll have to check out the Beck version, thanks for the tip!

10:23 PM  
Blogger RPM said...

Oops, Jeff Beck's version is in Dm. It's on his first album with the Jeff Beck Group, Truth.

Happy Anniversary!

12:04 PM  

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