The Bummer of ’72

bldyUp early this morning working on my almost-finished book for guitar teachers, which I’m tentatively calling Rob’s Totally Awesome Guitar Teaching Handbook.

Yesterday I came up with this introduction to a section on teaching your students to play safely (I mean avoiding tendinitis, not avoiding spearing their bass player with a Flying V) by taking frequent breaks:

Was the summer I bought my first six-string
Bought it at the five and dime
Played it ‘til my fingers bled
Was the summer of ’69
Bryan Adams, “Summer of ‘69”

Three years later I got my first flare-up
Got it rocking all night through
Now I’m stuck singing backup vocals
Was the bummer of ‘72
The Missing Verse

Update: The Handbook is now available for purchase here.

Comments 9

  1. Doesn’t always happen when your actually playing guitar. I pulled on my cars emergency brake too hard when it wasn’t set.
    It felt like I pulled my hand apart.

    I had to take a month off from guitar and its still touchy. but it’s getting better all the time.

    Daily stretching and massage to keep everything loose and limber helps me – I learn the hard way every so many months.

    My chiropractor says ice water baths – it seems to work too.

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