Learning the Classics in Pennsylvania

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Learning the Classics in Pennsylvania

Post by artdecade » Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:42 pm

Hello, forum persons from a persona non grata!

I am very pleased to be here, but I must admit that I have "stalked" the site many times over the years. In my two decades of playing guitar, I have been involved with numerous country, jam, and surf bands - especially during my time in college. That being said, I would consider myself a hobbyist nowadays as life, family, and work have edged on my time. Recently, I have been inspired by recordings of Kazuhito Yamashita to try my hand at some classical pieces. I am very, very much a beginner in the classical canon and the techniques required. While I have access to many fine instruments that I've amassed over the years, I do not have a true classical guitar. Most of my playing has been self-taught on electric guitars and steel string acoustics. At the present, I am using a Yamaha Silent SLG200N guitar as I start to sink my teeth into some pieces. It is obviously not ideal for the long term, but I feel it will do the job for the moment. The Yamaha will also help me develop a better idea of what I want from an actual classical guitar in terms of feel if not necessarily tone. That said, I have a strong liking for Japanese guitars so it is possible that another Yamaha will also be in my future. I have not sought out a teacher as of yet, but I am considering doing so in the future - if budget and time allows. My other musical interests are quite varied. I am a devoted fan of Chet Atkins, Tommy Emmanuel, the Ventures, and early rockabilly and rock-n-roll. Needless to say, I have developed a lot of bad habits involving my thumb wrapping over the neck on the one hand and the near constant use of thumb-picks on the other. Hopefully, my current techniques won't make me too much of a pariah around these parts. :D

Thanks so much,
artdecade
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Re: Learning the Classics in Pennsylvania

Post by Erik Zurcher » Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:49 pm

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Re: Learning the Classics in Pennsylvania

Post by Luuttuaja » Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:43 pm

Hello and welcome to the forum!

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Re: Learning the Classics in Pennsylvania

Post by artdecade » Sat Mar 25, 2017 1:56 pm

Thank you!
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