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I have a small but fine se­lec­tion of Tay­lors, Martins, Gib­sons and Fend­ers picked for their sound, feel and look. All the sec­ond-best gui­tars, bud­get deals, val­ue­for-money axes had to go long time ago. Re­cently, my 14-year-old daugh­ter He­len started to play the gui­tar. She is a tal­ented singer, too. Be­ing a good dad, I even pro­vided her with a new Squier Mini Strat and a de­cent no-name acous­tic gui­tar. Elec­tric or not? Her choice.

Com­ing home the other day, I found the Tay­lor from my wall cov­ered with stick­ers on the neck. “What is that?” I asked He­len, feel­ing an­noyed. “That’s a Tori Kelly song,” she replied with the sweet­est teenager voice. She grabbed the Tay­lor and started singing the song All In My Head. I was speech­less and emo­tional. She put the gui­tar down and said, “That song sounds so much bet­ter on your gui­tar and the stick­ers give me ex­tra ori­en­ta­tion. I hope that’s okay with you?” Oh, yes it was – and it taught me a les­son, too. It’s not about the gui­tar it­self. It only mat­ters what emo­tions and tunes a gui­tar sparks. And stick­ers might help!

Take it from a gui­tar nerd and lov­ing fa­ther: don’t be over­pro­tec­tive with your gui­tar. If your kids want to learn, let them play. Best wishes to the Gui­tarist team, you are do­ing a great job! Peter Funke, via email Thanks for shar­ing, Peter. It’s nat­u­ral for a gui­tarist to take pride in their col­lec­tion. But it’s also healthy to be re­minded that they’re not mu­seum pieces – they’re in­stru­ments, to be heard and used. As you ob­serve, your daugh­ter dis­cov­ered the Tay­lor in­spired her to play more than her other acous­tic – and took mat­ters into her own hands. Mu­sic that moved you be­yond words was the happy re­sult. When we think back to the now-col­lectible gui­tars we care­lessly car­ried around without a case in our teens, spilt beer on and gen­er­ally abused, it makes us wince a bit. But all the good times we had gig­ging, jam­ming and en­joy­ing the ca­ma­raderie of be­ing in a band more than made up for that. It’s what got us hooked on gui­tar and we wouldn’t swap that for a show­room full of Cus­tom Shop creations. We wish your daugh­ter ev­ery suc­cess – and she has the great ben­e­fit of a sup­port­ive dad to help her on the way.

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