Am I a guitarist?

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Me & my guitar, c.2007

Am I a guitarist? I’d normally answer ‘yes’, but it’s been 3 weeks since I picked up the acoustic, and I’ve only done that maybe 10 times in the past six months. At which point do you go from being a ‘guitarist having a break from the instrument‘ to ‘ex-guitarist‘? It’s slightly worrying, I’ve been playing for 20 years or so – a major chunk of my life – and the idea that I could just let it just drift away from me is freaking me out slightly. Well, as freaked-out as I ever get, which is not-very-much. I’m freaking out on the inside, mildly.

That’s not to say that I’ve abandoned music: my music production and mixing skills are still alive and kicking, and I do play my keyboard at least as often as the guitar. This isn’t midlife crisis is it? I’m not even 40.

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