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12B Tuesday, July 3, 2001 Bufletin, Progressive, R~n, Pro K.C. Jackson sits in his chair, placed in the center of speakers and .amplifiers, with one of his guitars resting comfortably on his thigh, for two hours a day, seven days a week. Jackson enjoys-listening to the music just as much as playing it. I Third choice seems to be lasting a while By Cassandra Hummel Staff Writer As a kid, living in Old Sta- tion, north of Mt. Lassen, with no television and only a radio, K.C. Jackson had a strong desire to play the cel- lo. ff it happened to be that he couldn't get a cello, his second choice was a pi- ano. Without having the money to purchase either one, the first musical instru- ment he owned was a cornet given to him by his parish. One day, his year-older nephew came to visit and brought with him a guitar. After his nephew played the classic tune, "Ghost Riders in the Sky," Jackson picked up the old acoustic guitar and realized he could play it as well. He thought to himself, "This ain't no cello or piano, but I kinda like this." And so his love for the guitar began. He purchased his first gui- tar in Spokane, Wash., for $15 and the neck was so bad on it, his fingers bled. He wore ban- dages to keep the blood from lending a hand in breaking strings, since it was 60 miles to Red Bluff where new strings could be purchased. Although inhibited by painful fingertips, Jackson could only go two days, max- imum, without picking up his guitar. Now, Jackson owns a vari- ety of guitars that treat his f'mgers with as much respect as he has for the music it al- lows him to play. Among his collection of Gibsons and Fenders, Jack- son has two Hamers. Other than the beautiful sound and nice feel it has, he is proud of this particular guitar be- cause they are no longer made. Minus the 16 years while he was married, Jackson has been playing the guitar for 35 years. In his earlier days, he enjoyed playing classical, contemporary, finger style and ragtime. Since arthritis has taken over in his hands, he feels the only thing he is left with is the blues. Everyday, from 3 to 5 p.m., surrounding neighbors pan faintly hear a variety of blues tunes coming from Jackson's house. After a long day at work, he comes home to re- lax with two hours of prac- tice on his guitar. With a CD playing on a portable discman, Jackson sits in a chair in the middle of two speakers, through which the music comes pour- ing. Directly in front of his chair are two amplifiers hooked up to the guitar rest- ing in his lap. Without an audience, just sunlight creep- .ing through the mini blinds, Jackson is able to exert all his energy through his fingers, onto the strings of his guitar. With crossed legs and his foot lightly bobbing to. the beat of music from the CD, he begins to ~lay. His fingers, move quickly, cover various chords, bend strings and sometimes pick more than one string at a time, among many other techniques, and creates the blues. By selecting the CD of his choice, like Jonny Lang, Jackson is able to have some- what of a jam session with that musician. He doesn't II no cello or piano, but I kinda like this..." K.C. Jackson play the song as it is heard through the speakers, but plays with it. Because of his arthritis, the big 'A,' Jackson listens to the music more than he plays; but he enjoys this. If he listens to the same artist for a week straight, he is able to reproduce a sound so similar an inexperienced ear would not be able to tell the differ- ence. Music has made its ap- pearance in the Jackson fam- ily before. His father could play the harmonica quite well, but kept it to himself a majority of the time. Sometimes at Christmas, the kids would be able to con him into bringing it out and it was "nothing less than darn good," Jackson said. He said is aunt could play any instrument she laid her hands on. Now, his son, Craig, is picking up the talent. On oc- casions, while Jackson is playing in the front room, Craig will come out and ask how he did that certain something. After showing his son as best he can, Craig will go back in his room and prac- tice. Now, in addition to the fa- ther being heard, tunes from the son's guitar can be heard as well. i~ ii! While playing along with music by Jenny Lang, K.C. Jackson alternates between this silver Fender Strnto- caster and red Hamer. Other then the sound, the diffe ence between the two, according to Jackson, is that "The Hamer is a 8uitar and the Fender Is a two by four." Photos by Cassandra ~1 Chester resident K.C. Jackson holds a guitar pick between his thumb and ger and adds additional string picking with his middle finger, in the past, played classical, contemporary finger style and ragtime, but unfortunately, his arthritis, the blues is all he has left to play. 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