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Hello from Steve Chapman in Charlotte NC.USA.


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 I'm 71 and started playing guitar in a rock band in High School. Stopped playing when I went into the Navy in 1967 and never picked it up until about 6 -7 years ago. So glad I did. We have an active jam community around the area And, I started teaching guitar basics for a national organization called Guitars 4 Vets. We teach basic cords in a 10 week program to vets in the VA counseling programs. At the end of the program participants receive a new guitar kit to encourage them to keep practicing. Always intersted in meet fellow players. Let me know if you're in the area.

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Hey Steve—- Great first name you have! Like that a lot. 😬 When you went into the Navy in 1967 I was going into the 10th grade, a high school sophomore. My most memorable recollections of that year were, I got my driver’s license because I turned 16, The Beatles released Sgt. Peppers which just literally blew everybody away, and Dr. Richard Kimble stopped running from Lt. Gerard of the Indiana State Police, which is to say The Fugitive TV series concluded. Was just reminiscing about 1967 the other day. Then Ka-pow! you mention 1967 in your introductory post!  Small world, huh?

My first guitar was a Kauai (a Japanese brand as I recall) with two—count ‘em two! pickups, purchased from the Navy BX on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. Last time I told that to a Navy vet he looked at me kind of funny and said, “Was there a BX on Treasure Island?”  Ha! You betchum, Red Ryder. That guitar purchase was in ‘65 and I think the Navy base on Treasure Island was closed almost 25 years ago, in 1997.  No more dependent rock bands equipped from that BX,  thanks to defense realignment. 🤪 Oh the humanity.  

Welcome to the Forum. Jonathan’s approach to guitar playing has already opened new paths for me. I really dig your Guitars 4 Vets program. Brilliant idea.  Bravo zulu, dude!


Steve Cargill 

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