Thursday, November 17, 2016


Alvarez Guitars, Lumière & Lens, Alyse, Guitar
Alvarez AD710 Artist Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

Meet my guitar, Eisley.   I've never properly dedicated a post to my guitar, though she's mentioned all the time, and is such a delightful part of my life.  So, hello, this is Eisley, my acoustic dreadnought guitar that is named after the band.  I say "she" because I anthropomorphize my instruments and consider them my babies.

I got Eisley on a summer afternoon in June, during a two hour lab break.  She is the first instrument that ever truly felt like mine and the guitar with which I do a majority of my musical learning.  I briefly dabbled with guitar during my undergraduate years, but abandoned it.  In the first year of my Ph.D. studies, I met the mister and our group of friends.  A lot of them play guitar and listening to them inspired me to revisit it.  For the first month that I had Eisley, I played in secret, too shy (still am) to play in front of others.

Alvarez Guitars, Lumière & Lens, Alyse, Guitar, Girl with guitar

I am primarily self-taught and it is an ongoing process that is both arduous and gratifying.  Unlike some uncertain things in life, I get out of it what I put into it.  I remember struggling with simple chord changes in the beginning that are second nature now.  Finger-picking seemed impossible at one point!  Like any form of education, there is always more to learn.  I reached the pinnacle of hardcore this weekend (no, not really) playing what I've learned of Fur Elise on an electric guitar.

Music inspires so many emotions and having Eisley helped me process many of my own over the years.  If I was going through something, I had the guitar and I could write bits of songs to echo what was on my mind.  At the end of the day, I have something that is completely my own, and that's music.  If all fails and employment doesn't pan out, I figure I can busk for money.  My vocal chops certainly garner reactions!  They include "you sound great," "please don't sing," and people in the car reaching over to turn up the radio.  In other words, I am NAILING IT.

Alvarez Guitars, Lumière & Lens, Alyse, Guitar, Girl with guitar

Since first year, I've picked up a travel sized acoustic guitar and a ukulele.  I do live in a very musical house and have access to keys, bass, electric guitars, and drums, but I always return to Eisley.  As I've gotten busier over the years, I've spent less time playing, but I'm actively making a habit out of it again!

Do you play anything?  Any tips you'd like to share on stringed instruments?

Photography by Jake Kim.


  1. Very cool post; better insight into something so important to you.

    I used to play the piano but haven't for years. Never was very good at it and also didn't have much patience either!

    You should make a video to share :)

    nat // dignifiable

  2. I love this! Eisley is beautiful. I tried learning guitar for a few years in high school but I'm not musically inclined enough to see it through.

  3. I like this post :) I play guitar but it's been so long since I last did (because of my hectic schedule) but now I want to try and give time for it again.

    yuki | solivagantic

  4. I've been playing guitar since I was 12 (for 10 years now). But since I started working and moved closer to the city, I haven't really played that often :( This makes me wanna buy a travel size guitar too <3


  5. Aw, this is such an unique and lovely post. Eisley looks so beautiful. I have a guitar myself too and I must admit that I'm not very good at it. It's so hard for me to learn to play something as I don't know how to strum it, I guess, haha.

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  6. Hello Eisley! it feels so good to learn by yourself, right? I started playing guitar when I was 13 years old. Learned by myself, then later on took guitar lessons for everyday practice. Now I'm learning Ukulele. I don't have a permanent home so it's hard to carry a guitar with me everywhere.
    Tip? practice, listen, practice :)

    Love, Kandice & Thoughts

  7. So lovely! I don't have a musical bone in my body, but part of me does want to attempt to try to learn to play the piano.

  8. finally eisley took a center stage in this blog! /o/ it's such a lovely guitar. and mad props to you for being a self taught. i can't play any musical instrument to save my life :( thank you for sharing something that's so dear to your heart, alyse xx