Here is just one of the great comments on yesterdays blog about Solutions For Guitar Players with Sore Shoulders. Susie is one of my first and most loyal readers and we have become real good friends and I know that her husband kills himself at work. Susie is also “the man” at

Comment: Great write up Danny – you know I should have listened to Buck.. I get on him all the time when he doesn’t play, but he does alot of physical labor during the day, and I can see where adding to that with playing would make his “hands hurt” as he has said.

Vaughan’s Arms! Magnificent!!! I love those vein popping scenes..

This comment in particular hits a note, I can really relate to it big time. I’m no stranger to working my butt off everyday in any weather condition and just beating the life out of me. I have been a mechanical person my whole life, I’m also a buzz boy, I like to get the job done, fast and properly.
I owned and operated a transmission repair shop for 25 years, I sold it 3 years ago next month. What a great thing to happen before the economy crapped. I was transmission a re-builder for 10 years before that.

I come from Maryland so I know cold too. It gets cold in Florida and it gets really hot as well. Both extremes in temperature are hard on the old body. I came out of it in pretty good shape, except for a disintegrated disc in my back that I’ll get surgery on in the next year or two. That does not slow me down very much, you learn to live with the pain.

My parents did a great job of raising me, I know it was exciting and a challenge to say the least. I also got their work ethic. They never missed work or called in, ever and that is how I thought everyone was until I opened a business. Note: I was 27 years old when I opened my shop. I missed a lot of school, but I never missed work. It did not matter if I was self employed or when I worked for someone else. It just was not in the cards for me to ever miss work
(speaking of the cards, do you think they have a chance in the Super Bowl?). After getting up at 5 A.M. and getting to work at 7 A.M. and then running around all day talking to customers, fixing cars, helping out employees, and in general putting out little fires (problems) that happen all day, when I got home by 6 ish P.M. I was a physical and mental wreck.

It was hard to “get it up” to play the guitar every night. I would get home and rush through my duties, take a shower and sit down. Sometimes I thought my ass was glued to the chair, it was like legs, “do you work anymore?” I have to eat dinner and practice the guitar. It often took a good while before I could get myself up and moving again.

I was a relative beginner at the electric guitar about a year before I sold the shop, so basically I was doing scales and chords and developing my skills. Now that I can play at an intermediate level, it is clear that at that time, I’m not sue I was up to the mental and physical tasks of even trying to learn Stevie Ray Vaughan or Jimi Hendrix material. I scored and I am grateful for it, a guy came in with cash and it took one nano second to tell him YES, it is yours. I was lucky and I know it.

Guitar Players Center is an advocate of the working man or woman and is very sympathetic to the hard working folks that like to play music, but don’t get the time to do it or don’t have the energy after work. I can’t tell anyone to go and practice their guitar, especially after killing ones self at work all day, but I recommend that you pick it up for a few minutes and stretch those little athletes out. It may be therapeutic in more ways than one. I know that after I talked myself into playing in the early days, it was always a good thing and made my head feel better.
Take it from a real doctor( a master of rhythm and a rock and roll king), Good Luck, don’t kill yourself at work and enjoy your guitar.

12 Responses to It Sure Is Hard To Strike a Note After a Hard Day at Work…

  1. I like this statement a lot:
    “I can’t tell anyone to go and practice their guitar, especially after killing ones self at work all day, but I recommend that you pick it up for a few minutes and stretch those little athletes out. It may be therapeutic in more ways than one. I know that after I talked myself into playing in the early days, it was always a good thing and made my head feel better.”

    Great post and sharing with the rest of us…I will admit that I feel H3ll of a lot better when I do pick up my guitar.

  2. Thanks for your comment Mike. There are a lot of folks in this spot. I agree though, force it, you will get vibed fast. Have you read my “This is my type of therapy articles yet?”


  3. Not yet but I will.

  4. Big Smiles! I am glad you like my words! Yours are always an inspiration. Your dedication to your playing, your life, your wife and your parents, is voluminous.. Your words seem to form like a well thought out note, they resonates who you are…and those or us that read them.. carry them with us all day!

  5. Great article, Danny. And I can relate 100%!!
    My job isn’t as physical as it was in the past, but the 8 hours are still there, regardless. And I’m a lot older and beat up than before. I’m ashamed to admit, I sometimes don’t pick up the guitar for a week or two, and when I do, it sure tells. My skills don’t seem to suffer too much, but the pain is there. Arthritis doesn’t help, and you also know some of the physical problem I’ve had in the past.
    If I could only make myself play for a little while every day, I’m sure I could improve my skills as well as my physical abilities, and I’ve tried to do that in the past and always get sidetracked somehow.
    I can’t wait for the doc’s weekly jams to start again, at least it makes me play once a week that way!!!

  6. Music is and will always be healing for my soul. and, if you can’t play one day, you can listen instead!

  7. Great article, Danny! The fact is I found myself in such situations and playing the guitar helps a lot. The fact is that I come home and go straight to my guitar, my wife complains about this, right, I make dinner and you play the guitar, is it right? ;-)

  8. Hey Danny.. thanks for the small tribute… you are the mind is willing but the flesh is weak. Can’t wait til retirement when I can sit back and play my ass off. Its been awhile since I have been in a band,, I am looking forward to starting another.

    The music world needs old hippies like you and I. You asked what I liked to said you had strats….I want to play a Original National Tri-Cone – we’ll scour West Palm Beach and jam!

  9. Good point! Thanks for reminding us how real life is.

  10. There is comfort in knowing one does not ache alone. Thanks for the very human article Danny.

  11. January 31st, 2009
    Dear Daniel:
    I just want to say, you’ve invited the devil… and I am further tempting the poor bastard. Let’s see who shall blaze victorious. Ovidiu Guitar Flame

    You have also been tagged to FNCMFPECDAA HERE: Power Triiio Fantasy

    Good Luck!

  12. Nice site! One of the most interesting articles on this topic. I found in this situation a lot of times also

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