Where I Took Guitar Lessons

Okay, who wants to see where I took guitar lessons, where my black 1974 Stratocaster (the one I still play today) was ordered by my dad from the Fender factory, and where it was placed in my teenage hands?

I was in town a while back, Downey-California, for a dentist appointment and I thought it would be fun to snap a few pictures and share some non-wikipedia-awesome musical history with you all!

First, in this very downtown structure on 3rd Street, I studied classical guitar (back when I could actually make sense of music notation) with Mike Bennett. Then I went to electric guitar, and in the same cozy little building I learned rock licks. I don't remember this teacher's name though (Dear teacher: If you happen to tread this. Please respond). 

I was schooled in the end unit on the left



One song in particular I remember being taught -  the guitar solo in "Dark Eyed Cajun Women" by the Doobie Brothers. It was perfect for a kid just getting acquainted with his blues scales.

Now in the hands of 'Bogie'



7 comments

  • Cindy

    Cindy Pennsylvania

    How awesome that you shared this with us. I do remember that Doobie Brothers song. Good Song. Does that place still give guitar lessons? Do you still play that black 1974 guitar in your shows? Thanks for sharing this! So Cool! :) ..Cindy

    How awesome that you shared this with us. I do remember that Doobie Brothers song. Good Song. Does that place still give guitar lessons? Do you still play that black 1974 guitar in your shows? Thanks for sharing this! So Cool! smile ..Cindy

  • Steve Probst

    Steve Probst

    No more guitar lessons there. :( Yes, the black Strat is my main guitar of choice!

    No more guitar lessons there. frown Yes, the black Strat is my main guitar of choice!

  • Cindy

    Cindy Pennsylvania

    So, you started in this little building and now you are a successful touring singer/ musician/ songwriter. I'm sure those first teachers are very proud ! :)

    So, you started in this little building and now you are a successful touring singer/ musician/ songwriter. I'm sure those first teachers are very proud ! smile

  • John Zander

    John Zander Downey

    I remember 4/4 Music being there. The owners name was John. A really great guy. I was there constantly as a kid and bugged him a lot. But he never seemed to mind. His wife was Japanese. He closed up shop and moved to Japan to teach English.

    I remember 4/4 Music being there. The owners name was John. A really great guy. I was there constantly as a kid and bugged him a lot. But he never seemed to mind. His wife was Japanese. He closed up shop and moved to Japan to teach English.

  • Jim Beeding

    Jim Beeding Bellflower

    My Best Friend Who Has Passed Away Lorne Black hung out on 3rd street in Downey And To This Day 3rd street in downey is still known for music

    My Best Friend Who Has Passed Away Lorne Black hung out on 3rd street in Downey And To This Day 3rd street in downey is still known for music

  • Rebecca

    Rebecca Tampa

    Thanks for sharing. How can only imagine what kind of student you were then, since you have a unique sense of humor.

    Thanks for sharing. How can only imagine what kind of student you were then, since you have a unique sense of humor.

  • Steve Probst

    Steve Probst

    Thanks for commenting John and Jim. Interesting! Rebecca, your humorously welcome then!

    Thanks for commenting John and Jim. Interesting!
    Rebecca, your humorously welcome then!

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