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會員投稿: Learning guitar is my important decision (By Terry)


Learning guitar is my important decision

I am glad that I can be here to share my reasons for learning guitar. It is only a normal story but that is what my life goes on. I explore the world much more after this, or maybe I can actually be more involved in my life. That is a precious and unforgettable experience.

Undoubtedly, I am an original Hong Kong teenager. My life is just like a routine. I reckon I always want a break from the dull routine but I find it difficult to do so. As a little secondary student, I would say my life is full of strain and tension, from school, family and peers, although I realize I will face even more challenges in my future career. In the weekdays, I am busy with my schoolwork and extra-curricular activities. I am the chairperson of religious, moral and civil education committee in my school. I have to handle lots of hall assemblies and afterschool activities. At weekend, my schedule is filled completely by tutorial classes, squeezing all my possible time slots to learn. I find I have little time with my family, especially my brother. We seldom talk to or care about each other. That is what I used to be.

The situation worsens in my seventh form, in order to score better in HKAL, my life is full of revision only. I am always alone and I become even quieter and am not willing to share my feelings to the other even though I am stressed. Anyway, I still cannot realize I can find something to relieve myself and actually it is essential in my stressful life. I eventually figure out this in my release of HKAL result. Although I can still enter the University, I do not get a good grade at all. I bitterly regret this. I am also really sorry that I cannot live up to the expectation of my teachers and family. My feeling is just like I am in the edge of an abyss of despair and loneliness.

There are seldom downs in my life. I am really frustrated and I go to the church again. I am a Christian but I leave the church for several years already before I go to it again. I know more about guitar in church and it is also the beginning of my road of learning guitar. I enjoy listening to the guitars playing in the band team. I find it joyful to listen to guitar. It is just like my problems, troubles and difficulties are suddenly dispelled in the guitar playing. After church worship, I come to the front and ask the guitar player whether he can teach me.

His answer really inspires me. He says that if you would like to learn guitar seriously, just go and buy a guitar first. When you do so, that means you are determined to learn it. You are willing to sacrifice, maybe your time, to learn and practise. I find it really inspiring. I recall my life before. I am only following the routine but I never set myself an achievable goal and be determined to confront to the challenges ahead. That is true. I should be determined in my study and relationship with family. That is why guitar is important to me. Besides enjoying the melody it can produce, it is also a reminder for me.

So after reminding by the guitar player, on that night, I immediately decided to buy an acoustic guitar as what he challenged me. I recollected that I felt really energetic and pleased when I hold the guitar bought. The guitar player also reminded me that if you fancy something, of course you will be willing to get rid of other events and concentrate on it. There is no excuse. I remembered this hard and it supports me in practizing guitar. Besides searching for demonstration from the Internet, I am able to ask people in church for different fingering styles and chords. Then we always talk about different topics. I find it happy to chat with the others now, completely different from what I used to be. This is a large change and I am delighted about this.

I benefit a lot from learning guitar. One is my relationship with my younger brother. I am a quiet person and I find it nervous to chat with the others. I always know that my brother loves to sing, especially Eason Chan’s songs. Learning guitar, I am gradually able to play simple open chords and bar chords. I find some simpler guitar music score and come to my brother. I can play guitar and my brother sings. From the beginning of panic to finally enjoying the playing, I find my relationship with my brother improves. It is really amazing that I can chat with him more with different topics and I start to care more about his school life and ups and downs in daily life. That is what guitar helps me.

  As I am a Christian, I also bring back some hymns from church and share them to my mum and dad. Through this, I have much more opportunities to share my feelings to my parents. I can clearly realize that we are closer. We sing the hymns together also. Laugh out loud, I always sing off key but we still enjoy the time as we are all together.

  I start to set myself some goals in practizing goals. At the beginning, pressing on steel strings really hurts my fingers which I cannot imagine before. But I still enjoy a lot in learning guitars. I gain sense of satisfaction and success when I share my learning progress with my friends. I can also play it in church gathering that I worship my God and also express my feelings to my friends. Guitar refreshes my life and this also support me to keep on going.

  I am completely different after learning guitar. My horizons are widened and I would like to be more matured. Now I am willing to improve my skills more and in the hope of joining the band team and play more complicatedly songs. Maybe I can also be the one who inspires the other to learn guitar and enrich their life.

                 (By Terry)
 

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