Strike a Chord

Do you play an instrument? Is there a musical instrument whose sound you find particularly pleasing? Tell us a story about your experience or relationship with an instrument of your choice.

Spanish guitar.

I grew up with it and almost any boy from my country can play it. Girls too. It is like playing chess. Even a kid from wherever corner of the street knows how to play a decent game of chess. It is something nobody teaches no one. You watch people do it and before you know, you are doing exactly the same. I don’t know if it is something to do with being musically talented by birth or just a coincidence but almost anyone there knows how to play guitar and carry a tune.

Sadly I didn’t inherit the talent even though I came from a musical family. I can only watch with envy whenever my siblings and cousins blurt songs after songs with conviction. Well, I said to myself, no one can have everything. Just kidding. Where am I?

Yes, Spanish guitar… part of our tradition and culture. Sits in my blood, and forever in my memories. We are sentimental emotional romantic people who live and breathe slow rocks and ballads and express them through karaoke sessions and amateur singing contests. I would love to learn to play guitar, piano too, but that road is not designed for me to travel. No talent or whatsoever. Point.



19 thoughts on “Strike a Chord”

      1. When you say flute I have a sudden vision of a Pan sitting next to a path in an enchanted-like forest playing magical tunes to lure you to the unknown. Forgive my over-active imagination.

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      2. That’s a great bit of imagery there! I like where it made my mind go… Especially since I’m in Guangzhao right now. Guess he lured me 🙂


      3. Hard to leave the brain behind. It doesn’t like to be home alone, and insists on coming with me everywhere. Stupid brain! Lol


  1. For several years now I have been ‘learning’ guitar. Only problem is I don’t devote a lot of time to it. I know the main chords, but without devoting more practice time I struggle to play them cleanly and with a good transition. Which gets me frustrated, which makes me put it away for a day or two. But I do enjoy having that guitar in my hands so hoping to find the right balance of practice time some day!


    1. In every aspect of life, there is inborn talents and acquired skills and knowledge through dedication and hard work. I will always go for the first because it has that special something that might or mostly lacking from the latter. But this is just a personal preference of mine and has nothing to do whatsoever with your comment. The thoughts just popped in my head while reading your response.
      Anyway, I admire your persistence and strong interest in learning the skill. More power to you.

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      1. I feel much the same way. When it comes to instruments I think there are some people that are just born equipped with the thought process and the skills. You can learn those skills over time and hard work. I may be a rock star yet lol


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