Once I learned how to play the guitar, it blew my whole world open.
I had my genre preference in music, but I could really see and appreciate guitar work from all styles. I was no longer confined, I felt free.
Slow, fast, twangy, mellow, crunchy, smooth, scream, melodic, simple, complex, finger-picked, palm muted, big chords, slide… Lots of things to admire about the art.
I became a better listener, fan, and creator.