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!
) 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
. 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
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