Last week I finally gave in to a long term desire and purchased a shiny new, but basic, classical guitar.
I look at my guitar and I see it needs playing, while my wallet gently weeps….
The back story and decision to purchase….
I have owned guitars in the past, at one point I had 3, a steel stringed acoustic, a electric Fender Stratocaster and a cheap encore electric bass, despite this I have always been an awful guitar player. I didn’t practice enough and when it came to my time to leave the UK I sold them off (actually the acoustic never sold so it lives, in England).
My life is much more simplified now and I actually think I have more time so the desire for a non-computer based hobby has been nagging at me. Picking up the guitar again felt like a good idea but it’s extremely expensive to have my guitar shipped over.
So I started looking around a few music shops, gauging price here, quality and working out what I needed. As I have not picked up the axe for over 3 years I felt Beginner suited my just fine.
I found a very well priced beginner classical guitar (the cheapest kind of guitar) in a small locally owned music shop near my home but it took me at least 4 months of umming and arring until I finally made the purchase.
Why so long? Did I make a good purchase?
I wasn’t absolutely sure that I would be staying in Cairo for the next year due to waiting on news of a scholarship for my partner’s studies. She got the scholarship about a month ago and it cemented that we would be in Cairo for another year.
I am so anal about aquiring now objects these days that that was a big factor. I also am a heavy questioner of any object purchase and even now I am edgy that I made the right purchase.
For a second in the store I almost lost it and purchased the expensive looking Yamaha classical, luckily I kept with the adequate beginner model…
The guitar cost 300 Egyptian Pounds and I had to get an electric tuner which was an additional 90 Egyptian Pounds. In USA $ that works out approx $69 at time of writing… The question I had to cover is related to usage.
Could I really justify $70 of lost money that could go to debt or savings? Will I even use the guitar? Is it possible it will save me money?
I *think* the answers to all those questions is yes. I have been using the guitar daily for the last week and have learned 2 songs. I seem to be picking things up quicker than before and I am really enjoying the relaxation time. My hope is that I will choose guitar playing over popping out to a cafe, a meal or even a beer enough times to save more than the $70 purchase.
Being responsible for my purchase…
I never used to be like this. Many years ago I would have just grabbed a guitar if I wanted one. I may even have used my overdraft, knowing that wages were coming in a few days. Being so anal over every purchase actually gives me a good standing now and responsibility to prove to myself that I will be using the purchase. Hopefully This means I may will actually learn more than just 5 simple songs this time…. Who knows I may even record a song and post on this blog one say like Sam from Financial Samurai did here: Where Did All The Time Go?
Are there any other bloggers/readers who have put music online for us to hear? If so let me know, I would love to hear it
Why did I tell you all this? – I want to know what you think….
I thought it would be interesting to let you know the mindset I apply when making a purchase and I hope it spurs you to leave a comment below and let me know how you deal with purchases, if you think I am OTT, what purchases you have recently made and anything else you want to say.
….. What songs have I learned?
I know you only read down this far as you are burning to know what songs I have learned so far
Well the first is a pretty easy one by one of my favorite bands ever. I love almost every song they have ever produced!
Where is My Mind by The Pixies.
The next isn’t quite learned yet, my timing is off, but it’s Johnny Cash’s excellent version of Nine Inch Nails Hurt. This song is depressingly brilliant.