It all began with a modest flat top guitar

I did NOT want to go and play soccer. Anything but that ! And that got me going towards music and playing instruments.

String instruments at first, but other followed.

My first actual instrument was (o no!) a soprano banjo, also called banjoline. Not the coolest of instruments, not then and not today. And how it cut in my novice finger tips, it kinda made musical grooves, hence the term "the groove". Less groovy were the pieces I learned to play on it (and performed within the first year): "Jalousie" and "Mijn Winterroosje"