Well, after a year (or more) of belly aching, I got the impetus to go and buy a Lap Steel Guitar
after work yesterday:
My Fender Lap Steel Guitar, circa 1954
The whole experience was great-I'll explain. Between a lot of the writing, composing, scoring and recording I get to do, I don't actually get to
music that much (or at least if feels that way). I got home with the lap steel, straightened up the apartment (I had to put away all the lights from Lisa's shoot) and then played for 2 and a half hours. I then played some acoustic for a bit and then back to the lap steel.
It think part of the reason I'm not doing a lot of playing is I'm not playing out. Without bands to rehearse with regularly (
is working on new stuff, and
is pretty much done for the moment), plus being busy, I haven't really made the time to play-I miss it! I had to laugh, because I played these two little beauties while at Guitar Center Hollywood:
1982 Gibson 30th Anniversery
Gold Top Standard
1985 Fender Telecaster
If these two don't inspire something, see a doctor!
Both guitars sounded and played great. Despite my hands being a little slow from sheer lack of playing, both guitars sounded amazing. It was the first time I felt like I didn't have something to prove while playing in a store (every guitarist knows that feeling). Anyway, definitely time for me to start finding time to play music again!
The Lap Steel is a terrific addition to my instruments - I'm working on learning "Blue Hawaii" (a favorite of mine - The Elvis version, although I know Bing Crosby say it first), and I can't wait to start figuring out placement for it on some original music.