Aspirant guitar players will be absorbing more than enough demonstrations before they finally pluck up the courage to go shopping for a first guitar in downtown Boston. The city surely has more than enough music hall events for this to be enjoyed. But if not that, there is always the music video, these days streamed directly from the internet. The actual watching of this video as opposed to just sitting back and listening to a record is crucial for the beginner guitarist.
Because it is here that he or she gets to see how those nimble fingers operate across the strings while the much admired player’s guitar ‘gently weeps’. Speaking of weeping, it is disheartening for the musical magician whenever a string or two breaks. Not only is he without playing for a day or two while the boston guitar repair symphony proceeds apace, he has no idea whether things between him and his gentle guitar will ever be the same again.
Perhaps though, he needs to watch a different kind of guitar demonstration to help put his mind at ease. Undoubtedly, he has been using those same strings, day in and day out. And by now he is quite accustomed to the rhythmic sounds it is able to produce. Things can never be the same once a new set of strings are entwined. But this is where the live or recorded demonstration should come into its own.
Undoubtedly, the chap that repairs the guitar man’s guitar must be a guitar man himself. As they say, it takes one to know one. And who better to understand the intricacies and sensitivities of the accomplished musician and his instrument than another who just happens to be quite adept at building and repairing those very same instruments.