The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #68089   Message #1146671
Posted By: *daylia*
26-Mar-04 - 09:52 AM
Thread Name: Rick Fielding's passing. (March 20, 2004)
Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's passing.
I've been on the Cat for a only short time, just over a year, but in that time Rick's posts encouraged and enlightened me so many times over. He always spoke so kindly of everyone, was able to see both sides of the (sometimes fiery) debates around here and share those wise insights with others in a nonjudgmental, nonconfrontational way. That is a rare gift, and one this tired ole world needs VERY badly ....

He helped me make a guitar-buying decision last spring, and I've been so pleased with my new Seagull ever since! A veteran music teacher myself, I recognized him right off the bat as a loving, generous and well-seasoned 'kindred spirit'. His years of experience at (lovingly) training and encouraging young musicians just shone through his posts like the sun! I remember him telling one discouraged guitarist here ... But thumb chords are your FRIENDS!    :-) I really liked that (even though thumb chords just KILL my hand ...)

He never knew this, but faithfully practicing some of the many finger-picking techniques/exercises he so kindly posted on the digitrad here has influenced my style and made me a better player. I never got to meet him in person, but he 'taught' me well, and I am very grateful.

My heartfelt sympathy to his family and to all who knew him well. His passing is a great loss for the Cat ... but I know his influence and kindliness and expertise will live on, in his music, in the digitrad, and in our hearts.