Forty two is the meaning of life, at least according to Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Why are we here? Well, I don’t know why you’re here, but if you just came upon this cold, it’s probably so far out of context that you should move on to find more interesting commentary.
If you stay, what I’m talking about is a new feature to supplement my infrequent blog posts. It’s about a new forum I created. The forum came about because I needed a place where I can kick back with some friends, talk about the blues, guitar playing and just general BS in a relatively stress free environment.
It’s no accident that this forum uses the same forum software and format as the Blues Guitar Unleashed forum. It’s that way so that if you have been on a forum using this software before, you’ll feel at home using it here.
Let me start by singing the praises of Griff Hamlin. I quit playing the guitar about the same time Griff Hamlin III was born. He is single handedly, the reason I’m playing the guitar for personal enjoyment, well into my 60’s. Griff’s teaching style is very measured and very well refined, from years of dedication to his craft. For the rest of my life, he has my undying loyalty for having helped me again find something that I lost so many years ago. If you haven’t ever seen one of his Youtube lessons, bought one of his courses or seen him play live you have missed something wonderful. I am extremely proud to call him my friend and a mentor to my guitar learning.
But into every life, some rain must fall. Which is why I started the OFWG – Friends of Blues Guitar forum. I want to have a place that is as exciting and as much fun as Griff Hamlin’s Blues Guitar Unleashed forum was for me when I joined it back in 2010. For any number of reasons, growth, change in my personal focus, and user conflicts, the BGU forum has for me lost some of the charm that first drew me to it. Before you go thinking I have written it off, may I assure you I have not. I’m still a member, and I intend to be for the foreseeable future. There is still much that is worthwhile to be had within the forum. For new members who weren’t around 4 years, ago, you have no benchmark with which to measure it.
I’m excited about this. There are some ideas I have that I’m going to try and implement over the next few months, but it’s the members of the forum who will really shape where this goes, if it goes anywhere at all.
It’s been called a “Good Old Boys Club” and in a way, that’s exactly what it is. Yet, the common bond isn’t a single axe to grind, but the love of the learning process and the camaraderie of a common interest, the blues.
Please drop by and check the forum out. It is a non-commercial endeavor and any information required for sign-up will be held in confidence. I won’t sell or share it with anyone. Oh… I even set the message post font size at 12 points for us old guys who don’t see as well as the young whippersnappers.
It’s at OFWG – Friends of Blues Guitar
If you drop by, I hope you like what you see.