Bea wrote:Semitone wrote:I did it for the money....
I reckon his parents paid him to practise.
TheCardMaker wrote:In my case, there was vinyl LP lying around the house of John Zaradins Concerto D'Aranjuez, and five solo pieces on the B side (from memory, Ponce's Balleto - labelled as a Weiss piece, Lauros Waltz #3, Malats Spanish Serenade, can't recall the other two but one was baroque). I was I think around 16 years old
So, my parents played the concerto often - it was their album, but I was intrigued by the solo pieces too, so I ordered the Balleto sheet music (using a telephone and a postal order) and changed the strings on my brothers guitar (nylon) from left handed to right handed (he was away from home for a while otherwise he would have said 'no' as brothers often do). When the sheet music arrived, I found it thrilling to play bits of it and to know how it should sound. My hands had only played (and in this order) smoke on the water, stairway to heaven and a blues turnaround so I was rubbish, but the feeling of the pleasure of matching my hands to something which my ears had found so beautiful is what I still search for today (I pretty much always learn pieces which I have already fallen in love with by having listened to it many times).
I'm now 48 and I practice every day. I never play to other people and don't upload any of my recordings anywhere, it's a totally personal journey that I find consistently engaging and I love that fact that it exists separately from my other lives (work, love, family) and that there are absolutely no requirements placed on it, no deadlines, no pressure. This is how my motivation for this continues over the years - it's because there are no deliverables or requirements or judgements on it - it just always feels the same kind of great for that reason!
Hope this helps somehow
rojarosguitar wrote:Mostly the guitar is taken for the same reason lute was taken up (by men) earlier in the history: to impress the ladies. But electric guitarists are much more successful at that than concert guitarists who get lost in the intricacies of the instrument and forget about the original purpose...
MarkInLA wrote:rojarosguitar wrote:Mostly the guitar is taken for the same reason lute was taken up (by men) earlier in the history: to impress the ladies. But electric guitarists are much more successful at that than concert guitarists who get lost in the intricacies of the instrument and forget about the original purpose...
Why ? Is that what you do it for !! What a chauvinistic view of what any music is for. Being a musician attracts people to it, people who don't know how to do such a thing. They are infatuated with musicians and look up to the successful ones. Also, I don't get romantically stuck on female musicians because they have female body parts. Classical guitar especially is devoid of the 'T's and 'A's or the 'package' thing..But If that's your thing, maybe you should consider becoming a rapper...And it was no different back in those 'earlier' times. It is and was an honest, clean way of making a living via entertaining; not a pathway to 'get the girls' ! When I played rock and roll guitar as a teen the girls sure did like me. But I was in it because I was in love with the guitar and enjoying getting $ for merely changing the lengths of vibrating wires as opposed to working a 9-5 job...
razz wrote:I find that the quantity and quality of the music that a skilled player produces from that box fascinating enough to want to learn how to make that music. This is why I wanted to learn.
I keep playing because:
The amount of concentration required to learn a new piece of music or develop a particular skill requires that I "block out" life's distractions. I equate guitar playing to meditation.
Also, the satisfaction that comes with "getting it right" strikes me like an addiction. Audience appreciation helps, but I would play just for me if no one else wanted to listen.
JefferyHeiderscheit wrote:For me, I am self taught on steel string. I received a Hondo II steel string guitar for my 6th grade Christmas present and had 4 group lessons before being launched into the world to play guitar. This was in early 80's before Youtube and all the self help today. I also lived in a rural Iowa area with no one I knew who even taught classical guitar. I was always wanting to learn the "traditional" way of playing guitar but never had a chance.....so it was cowboy chords and John Denver for me.
After hitting a wall very early on, I felt like I was longing for the ability to play "real" music, not just chord shapes. So.....I started to learn classical. And I am HOOKED! Wow! The whole fretboard opens up when you learn classical. I never knew there was life above the 3rd fret!
One of the drummers for Spinal Tap said, "If I can get the sex and drugs, I don't need the rock 'n roll."rojarosguitar wrote::bravo:
But... I'll surely loose the contest, because I'd do that only for women, and the love for the music would be missing. If I think it over properly, it's not going to work...
Andrew Pohlman wrote:
I know we are joking around, but there are better ways to find partners than classical guitar gigs...
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