Taylor Swift picked up guitar to set herself apart as a singer

Taylor Swift picked up guitar to set herself apart as a singer

Taylor Swift learned guitar to get noticed.

The 25-year-old singer took music lessons with Ronnie Cramer in 2002 and he believed she only took up the instrument to set her apart from other aspiring singers.

Ronnie said: "Taylor was a great kid, you could tell she had a talent.

"My brother was her vocal coach from when she was nine years old and before that she was always performing…

"They got me on board because they realised no-one would notice this kid.

"Back then, no young girl played a 12-string guitar and sung - she would be the first."

Ronnie, 48, remembers the 'Shake It Off' hitmaker as a dedicated student who, spurred on by her mother Andrea, was determined to succeed in the music industry.

He said: "Her mum was the boss and she was pushy.

"Taylor was marketed to be the perfectly packaged star - and she was keen.

"She would play all the time - I'd turn up and she'd have the guitar in her hand showing me songs she'd written.

"Her mum was strict with her, but it worked."

Andrea even kept an eye on her daughter's diet after advising her not to be a "fat pop star".

Ronnie recalled: "Andrea came back from Taco Bell and as soon as she came in the kids went running over.

"Taylor was tempted by the Taco Bell but ate a salad instead. I remember her mum once saying, 'Tay, nobody wants to see a fat pop star.' "

For her 20th birthday, Taylor's dad asked Ronnie to send the guitar she learned to play on and the 'Blank Space' star later declared it her "best gift ever".

Ronnie told heat magazine: "For her 20th birthday, her dad Scott asked me to send him the guitar I had taught Taylor on.

"She called me to thank me for sending it. She said, 'It was the best gift I've ever got.' It was so nice of her to call me."

More in this Section

Gavin and Stacey star Alison Steadman admits Pam would ‘hate’ lockdownGavin and Stacey star Alison Steadman admits Pam would ‘hate’ lockdown

Andrea Bocelli reveals he contracted coronavirusAndrea Bocelli reveals he contracted coronavirus

Global online film festival to bring together 21 international eventsGlobal online film festival to bring together 21 international events

Robert Webb: ‘We fight like any other couple, but using stupid voices’Robert Webb: ‘We fight like any other couple, but using stupid voices’


Lifestyle

Simple storage solutions for the DIY rookie.8 simple steps to putting up a shelf

Yes, many of us have succumbed to the ‘Covid stone’ and may be trying to lose it but we all need a treat from time to time. Our recipes here incorporate tasty fruits like blueberries, apricots and almonds while Derval’s lime, chocolate and oat biscuits are a delicious and yet healthy sweet treat option.Food and Fun: Take some time out for treats

“Do you know what penguins smell like?” Landscape painter Nicholas Romeril asks, and then laughs at his own question.Nicholas Romeril: Antarctic ice-olation was the perfect training for lockdown

No. Such a small word, but a powerful one.Normal People recap: Bad sex and a sad funeral

More From The Irish Examiner