Steve has been practicing on his Dad's Gibson, each time until his fingers hurt.  He knows he has to get callouses on his fingers in order to enjoy playing without pain.  Did you know that? That they have to get callouses on their fingers?

Steve tried to teach me basics on the guitar many years ago.  It hurt way too much for me.  I love the sound and look of someone playing the guitar, but I don't like pain.  And my fingers are so little and have very little reach to hit all the keys.  I gave up.

I'm glad I gave up in a way.  If I had learned and then had to give it up due to the bone spurs in my thumb joints, it would be a great heartache. 

Steve's not going to give it up.  He loves music and it brings back great memories of his family playing music!