Howdy! About a year ago I decided to take up the guitar. Shortly before that decision the chambers of my heart began beating to different drummers and their disagreement nearly had me feeding daisies, so after my heart was recalled to its duty I thought I should try a few things I've always wanted to try before I run out of time to try stuff. In my early teens I had a few years of piano training by a nice lady who handed out gold stars instead of music theory. I did well in recitals but without the theory I couldn't do much-- I got bored and moved on to other pursuits. I've long regretted that. After the hospital adventure it seemed a good time to change that, but with something a little more portable than a keyboard. I read that electric guitars are a little easier for learners and I liked the idea of playing unplugged or through headphones so I wouldn't annoy anyone too much. I did some homework, narrowed the options to a Tele, an Epi Les Paul, and a Strat. I leaned towards the Strat, it being favored by many artists I like and seemed very versatile. In the music store when I actually held one, well, it just felt right. So I ordered the 2017 Am Pro Strat, 3-color sunburst alder & rosewood. It's a beautiful thing with a perfect finish and deserves to be in the hands of a musician, but fate placed it in my hands. I've noodled with it for about a year, mostly learning from Justin Sandercoe's site. It seems like forever, but I'm starting to make chord changes fast enough to sound vaguely musical. I know I'm slow and I can't do much yet, but I'm hoping that stubborn practice will compensate for a lack of aptitude. I learned to do my own setups, just the easy stuff that doesn't risk the instrument. I don't figure on using the tremolo for a while if ever, so I decked the trem. My action is a bit high but not too far off Fender specs. A little more about me: I'm a Purdue grad, coded a ton of software, done server builds, and worked in 3D modeling. I've done SCUBA, rebuilt a Toyota FJ40 from the frame up, raised ferrets, flown R/C aircraft, been involved in flight simulation, and done quite a bit of caving. I'm into SF, some fantasy, historical fiction, and Civil War history. Artists I'm particularly fond of include Sonny Landreth, Mark Knopfler, Rush, Mike Oldfield, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Buffett, and a host of others. I've enjoyed lurking and reading posts by the terrific folks here. My main interests are the physics of the instrument and music theory, and I appreciate the opportunity to learn and participate.