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Steve started playing guitar, because his science teacher brought in a big white acoustic guitar one day and was playing a few simple chords and singing. Steve fell in love instantly ( with the guitar, not the science teacher).
Shortly after this his cousin Ann was given two guitars and promptly gave one to Steve, it was the worst excuse for a guitar he has ever seen, the neck adjustment was via an old clock key. but it got him started. So he found a guitar teacher and started classical lessons. After a few months he was told to buy "Anji" by Davey Graham and found that relatively easy so asked if he could learn some blues or salsa music as his parents played these at home and he liked them too. His teacher though said NO you must stick with classical because it will give you a better grounding in music than learning any other musical styles. Steve had other ideas and left his teacher.
After many years of struggling and getting no where at all, put the guitar away. By now he was working as a painter/decorator and at 21 years old found himself a wife and that was the end of music for him. But on getting divorced 8 years later and recovering from a very serious illness, decided to enroll on a college course. This was recreational, looking at rock and pop, getting involved in band situations etc. Well that was a great spring board. He then went on to study a Btec in music, then GCSE music, then AS music, and now he is studying for a BA Hon degree in music, 2006.
His aim is to be an educator himself, working in local schools as a peripatetic music teacher.
Although he realizes that his working life will be short (he's 50 now) he will still enjoy a life of music and have many happy memories.
ps, You will often find him busking in Durham city centre UK at weekends with Engine House. all donations welcome. hee hee. Keep smiling some one is taking your photograph