I’m a Guitarist Again!

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The background is a blue wall. There is a sunflower in a white vase on a cream table. The foreground is dark grey text that reads "I Can Play Guitar Again". - I'm a Guitarist Again

I never stopped considering myself as a guitarist, even when my illness stopped me from playing, but it feels amazing to be able to prove that I can play. I’m finally a guitarist again!

How can I prove I can play?

I went to the local Open Mic Night on Friday, not even planning on singing. I really surprised myself and everyone around me! Due to the snow, it was quite quiet in terms of how many musicians were there, although there were a lot of people in the pub. I was persuaded to sing with Rick, one of the other guitarists, which I did. We did a couple of songs and then he asked me if I wanted to try to play. I said yes!

I ended up playing quite a lot of songs. The guitar was balanced on my hip so it didn’t touch the skin on my stomach that’s really sensitive. This made it difficult for me to play, as I couldn’t see what I was doing and I hadn’t played guitar for nearly a year. When I started playing, I wasn’t very good, mostly because I couldn’t see the chords I was playing and the strings are closer together than I’m used to. I got better the more I played, though, as I was getting more used to playing that particular guitar.

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The consequences of being a guitarist again

Unfortunately, shortly after finishing performing, my legs gave up on me. Thankfully, I had my crutches with me. My legs were a bit weak already, so I was able to move around by myself with a little difficulty. This didn’t affect me too much until I got home and had to get upstairs, as my mum pulled me to the pub and back on a sledge. That was really funny.

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Bonus

I can talk properly again! This happened on the way to the pub when I called over to Jamie, my brother. My voice doesn’t always come out normally, occasionally it comes out as a whisper, but it’s so much better than it was. I can’t believe it took over a month for it to return!

The photo is a Pinterest pin which is split into two sections. The background at the top of the pin is light blue with bold white writing that reads "I'm a Guitarist Again!". The bottom of the pin is a photo of a green succulent in a grey pot against a cream/grey background. There is a small white circle in the middle of the pin with a blue medical ribbon in the middle.

One Reply to “I’m a Guitarist Again!”

  1. […] until the first of February, I hadn’t played guitar for a whole year (see my post ‘I’m a guitarist again!‘ for more information). This was due to my skin sensitivity and hypersensitive hearing. […]

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