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Marian Drake

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My Musical Journey:

I could sing Mozart and Bach before I could walk.

I begged my parents for a piano. They finally got me one when I was eight years old.  Unfortunately for nine years I took piano lessons from a teacher who ruined my technique.  When I was 28 I essentially started over with a great teacher, the late Charles Fulkerson at Humboldt State College (now University) in California.  He helped me get splendid technique, and I could play difficult classical music, but I only practiced about an hour at a time, so I never reached my goal.  Taht was playing harpsichord and figured bass, which is following a bassline behind a flutist or violinist.  I did that later on, but by the time I was in my 50s, the classical players who I played with didn't have patience with me, so I gave that up.

I played guitar and sang some off and on for years.  I took up mandolin on my own, and jammed a lot of Old TIme Music.  I got serious about the guitar and singing about 4 years ago or less.  I have a YouTube channel, which is 


I really love the  Breakthrough Guitar course and have already learned a ton in about the first week.  It's going to take a lot of time to get the technique in the scale pattern and the flexibility pattern.  I don't know how to move forward past those.

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