What was the first instrument you learned to play and who taught you?
I started playing two instruments at about the same time (both of them were inspired by my love and admiration for my brother, R.J.), the trombone and the ukulele!
Uncle R.J. loaned me the trombone he had played in high school, and I think I’ve already told you about joining the Junior High band in the 7th grade at Orange, Texas. R.J. could make that trombone sing! His inspiration was the band phenom from the 1940s, Tommy Dorsey.
R.J. had purchased a little ukulele. He showed me as I listened to him what a simple instrument it was to play! The first song he taught me was “Ain’t She Sweet”! I thought I was a real musical stud when I strummed (and sang) that tune! It was just a short step from that ukulele to the guitar!