Last week, Wes took me to the local music store and signed me up for 2 months of guitar lessons and a 2-month rental of a classical guitar! I couldn't believe it! The 2 months thing is a trial period to see how I like it, and after that I can continue if I'd like to. The rental costs will be applied to the cost of the guitar if I should want to buy it (which I probably will).
My first lesson was yesterday. I was SO incredibly nervous! I haven't taken music lessons of any kind in over 30 years, and this was an entirely new instrument for me. You know how music stores are, too: lots of drums and rock & roll and all that stuff. I was a little scared that my teacher would be the rockin'-out type of guy, because we met his brother while we were in the store, and he had several silver hoops in each ear and long hair and a goatee. But my teacher is clean-cut and clean-shaven, with no earrings or obvious piercings - totally different from his brother! He was super kind and encouraging, and I found that I had nothing to worry about. I also found that my piano training, although not the strongest in theory and classical music, is a great asset now in learning another instrument. I don't have to learn all those beginning things and can concentrate on learning my instrument.
I'm excited to be starting this new chapter in my life! My goal is to play for church, in special music and offertories and such as that. I'll let you know how it goes!