I bought my first guitar, a Stella out of a catalog, and it made my fingers bleed. I played a borrowed Les Paul Jr. in Tubby and the Retards, 1961-1965. I owned a Strat or its clone for 40 years, started lessons at age 57 with master guitarist Larry Mazza, and now play acoustic fingerstyle/slide. I listen to the music of old dead black guys and their modern acolytes, who are my heroes. I suffer stage fright, and am a back porch player. I practice every day--Stefan Grossman dvds and the Berklee method. I will die saying that I "played"--point of pride of my life. I worship the instrument and love those who play, from beginners to stars. I dedicate my practice to my beautiful guitars, named for all the sweet, smart, plain girls who, unlike the popular girls, would talk to me and laugh at my stupid jokes.