All thumb picking finger style guitar players (professional or amateur)
remembers when he or she first heard a true "thumbpicker" play.
Some heard it over the radio, TV, or record. Some heard it at a club
somewhere or at a family reunion when Uncle Billy-Joe-Jim-Bob-Harry-Frank broke
out his old Harmony flat top. Some were as young as five or six, and
others had already retired. Others were accomplished guitarists, yet some
of US hadn't
picked a note yet. But, it doesn't matter how, where or when because we
all had basically the same thing to say about that experience, "It
was like nothing I'd ever heard before, and I was held spellbound - and, I've
had "the sickness" ever since."
(First Time I Heard Chet)
You know you have "The Sickness" when:
Your boss just sternly asked you if you understood what an
impact on your career your compliance to company policy will be - and, your
thoughts are, "I got it! --- I'll bet Chet was using
an open B string in that run....."
You remember phone numbers by the "chord" shape/pattern of the
numbers. (Sent in by Frank Robinson - GFGA)}
(These next few were sent in by Ron Thompson, Canada)
Your quest in life is to find the elusive "perfect"
The first time you "nail" that lick you've been working on for the past month is better than getting a raise in pay!!
The clerk at the local record store runs and hides when he/she sees you coming, because he/she KNOWS you're going to ask about some fingerstyle picker on a label he/she hasn't even heard of.
The wife's labour pains are coming fast and furious but you have to try that lick just one.......more.........time, before rushing her to the hospital. (Guitar in back seat, in case there's a lull in the "action")
(These were sent in by Forest Ratlif, Euclid, Ohio)
You wear your wedding band on your right hand when you play, (so as not to scratch or bang against your guitar neck) and can't understand why your spouse objects to this practice ...
You wear your two favorite thumb-picks, (the long. sharp pointed one for steel string, and the shorter, rounder one for nylon) under your watch band everywhere you go ... (just in case the opportunity to pick one presents itself)
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