Greetings (first post) from Bangor Northern Ireland

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Greetings (first post) from Bangor Northern Ireland

Post by Stephen Anderson » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:40 am

Hi all

I came across this forum several times recently while researching various aspects of classical guitar and lutherie. I've read through some really interesting discussions and thought it's best if I join up and try get involved.

I'm 40 now but I started playing classical guitar in South Africa in 1996 and completed a BMus in classical guitar performance in 1999 (I therefore have experience in musical injury! :shock:) then went on to complete an MMus in intercultural music education in 2000.

Confession: I have been a bad boy - I have totally let my skills slip :desole: . I go for months sometimes without playing my guitar. Once again though I have renewed my interest and can't stop thinking about it and can't wait to get home from work and lock myself in my practice room. (yeah - no-one can see my screen right now - looks like I'm working :twisted: )

I play a Paulino Bernabe M30 (1995). I also have a custom made Mervyn Davis 10-string and an Alan Amy 6 string.

My work has this really cool scheme where everyone in the company gets a budget of up to £250 (GBP) to spend on lessons for themselves - the only criteria is that it must be something that has nothing to do with work! Last year I did platform diving. This year I'm going to use this budget to get lessons in lutherie and finally get round to building my own guitar.

Although I have had large gaps where I had not been playing guitar, I have always maintained the good ol' Recuerdos de la Alhambra mainly because I have a very good friend who promises to thwack me one across the jaw if he ever asks me to play that tune and I say that I can't. At the moment the only other tune I can play is Koyunbaba by Carlos Domeniconi. On the side, I'm learning a bunch of relatively easy popular music (most that would make me, and quite possibly most of the folks on this forum vomit) so that I can build up a repertiore. I hope to learn enough to get a wee regular restaurant gig or something then gradually bring in more challenging deep classical stuff. I'll eventually do some concerts but I'm not gonna rush.

If anything, I think I can possibly offer forum members advice around araeas where I have struggled and mistakes I have made - musical injury, weak nails, learning difficult tunes before the easy stuff, practicing the bits I like, rather than the bits I need to perfect, etc, etc, etc.

Anyway that's all the intro I can get away with now. See yous all later :)

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Re: Greetings (first post) from Bangor Northern Ireland

Post by James Lister » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:50 am

Hi Stephen,

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Interesting introduction - are you thinking of private luthierie lessons, or is there a course near you? I teach at Newark College (and do the odd bit of private teaching) - but probably a bit far away for you!

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Re: Greetings (first post) from Bangor Northern Ireland

Post by Stephen Anderson » Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:24 am

Thanks James

There's a Lutherie school just a few miles from where I live so I'll probably go there. http://www.laganlutherieschool.org/ It'll have to be part-time for me so It'll take me a while to complete it. I've no woodworking experience other than I built a few pretty good skateboard half pipes when I was a young teenager. I do understand that patience is probably rather high on the immportance list when it comes to building this - "measure twice, cut once" and all that.

Thanks for access to the music scores. I've printed out a nice one-pager to start with. Luys Milán : Pavana 6. Gonna learn that tonight.

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Re: Greetings (first post) from Bangor Northern Ireland

Post by cefyn » Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:28 am

Hi Stephen,

Welcome to the forum - looking forward to 'seeing' you around the site

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Re: Greetings (first post) from Bangor Northern Ireland

Post by James Lister » Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:58 pm

Stephen Anderson wrote:There's a Lutherie school just a few miles from where I live...
I hadn't come across that school before - always useful to hear about new ones. Courses at Universities and Colleges in the UK are becoming scarce - the courses in London, Manchester and Leeds have all closed down in recent years.

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Re: Greetings (first post) from Bangor Northern Ireland

Post by Stephen Anderson » Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:04 pm

:cry: That's sad to hear.

It's such a beautiful art.

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Re: Greetings (first post) from Bangor Northern Ireland

Post by CathyCate » Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:44 pm

Fascinating and entertaining intro post. Welcome Stephen! We could all use a "RDLA friend" to keep us in line. What a great idea!

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Re: Greetings (first post) from Bangor Northern Ireland

Post by Stephen Anderson » Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:23 am

CathyCate wrote:We could all use a "RDLA friend" to keep us in line.
Thanks, Cathy. I can't find the meaning of "RDLA" - what does it mean.

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Re: Greetings (first post) from Bangor Northern Ireland

Post by George Crocket » Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:07 pm

RDLA is used as shorthand for Recuerdos de la Alhambra, to which you refer in your introduction. :D
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