We have always wondered where does Ajih Baroh learn how to play the harmonica, but he blows it well on songs and we have always been mesmerised. It was the 'pop yeah yeah' time. He plays all the favourite songs very well. At the same time, he said he also plays the guitar! Since we cannot afford to buy a guitar, we decided to make one each - trying to make it as similar as the normal (unplugged) wooden guitar.
With a 10 inch wide plank, we carved out a guitar, trying to copy as close as the 'fender guitar'. When that is done, we nail in 6 nails (3 in each row) at the tip end of the guitar to take the strings. The base string holders will also be held by nails and underneath the strings we place a small strip of aluminium to ensure that it hangs out to produce sounds as similar as the original. The strings are made up of 'tali tangsi' or small wires that we can get hold of. Hey presto, we managed to proudly complete our 'home made' guitar in a few days.
Learning to play the guitar was the hard part. However, as Ajih Baroh is a natural 'artist' he plays the guitar as well as he blows the harmonica. As learning to play gets harder by the day, we end up listening to him playing it all the time. When he is tired to play the guitar, he will blow his harmonica. Again, we have always been mesmerised at how play Ajih Baroh can play the guitar and blow the harmonica. Until today, I have always wondered where had Ajih Baroh learned to play them both. That question is still not answered - when I meet him again, maybe I will asked him. Just spoke to him a few minutes ago! He got his own Insurance Agency in Ipoh.
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