All That Jazz


I do have a bit of a problem. I’ve been playing guitar for a long time now, closing in on 45 years. I have invested my 10,000 hours in practice. I have become somewhat accomplished on the instrument. I love to play.

And it shows. I have built up quite the collection of guitars over the years. Here are a few of them. I have 17 in all.


I won’t be taking all of them with me when Lorraine and I are travelling in the coach. Two, or maybe three. An amp. Some pedals. It will be tough to choose.

Music has been a very important part of my life and it is one area of my life that I will continue to develop during my retirement years.

Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend — Ludwig van Beethoven

Most of my playing has been in the area of contemporary music, rock, pop, with a little bit of jazz thrown in.

My hope is that I will still have enough capability in my hands to continue playing long into my retirement years. And I want to master the art of jazz guitar. Now, jazz is a long journey and I won’t fully master the instrument in my lifetime. In my first year of retirement, I will add one new piece every month into my jazz repertoire. And perhaps I will get a tiny bit closer to this incredible legend in the video below, Joe Pass.

Retirement goal number 2 down. 28 more to go.

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