Greetings from Storrs, CT

TomTerry

Greetings from Storrs, CT

Post by TomTerry » Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:08 pm

Glad to find this resource. I just celebrated my 78 birthday, and I first picked up a guitar when I was 20, so I've had 58 years with nylon strings around. I've had lessons off and on for 5 or 6 of those years at various times. I'm an amateur, somewhere in the intermediate range of ability. There were years where I didn't have time to play much, a few years when I neglected the guitar in favor of banjo. Since I retired in 2003 I've been playing at least half and hour a day, sometimes up to a couple of hours. I get some back soreness after playing much more than 30 minutes, so I tend to pick up and put down the guitar several times a day.

I have a special love for music of the Renaissance (I'm also a choral singer and have done a lot of singing of sacred and secular a cappella music). I enjoy playing music from the Noad books for Renaissance and Baroque, also love Albeniz and Granados, though I find these challenging. Some pieces I especially love to play: Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach), Rumores de la Caleta (Albeniz), Alman (Johnson), Lady Hunsdon's Alman (Dowland), many more. Also enjoy playing duets, trios and quartets; of the music I'm currently playing, I especially love the guitar quartet arrangement of Farewell to Stromness (Davies) and recently started learning some of the Nutcracker suite dances in quartet arrangements.

I also love flamenco, enjoy especially playing such toques as seguiriyas, bulerias, sevillanas, soleares, and others.

I've never been great at sight-reading outside first position, but lately have started making it a daily practice to sight-read new materials.

I'm looking forward to getting some feedback from other guitarists about such things as developing good practice habits, finding new music, selecting guitar strings, improving posture and finding ways to play longer without pain.

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Re: Greetings from Storrs, CT

Post by oski79 » Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:23 pm

Welcome to Delcamp, Tom!

If you haven't already, please take a moment to read this page for a good rundown on how the forum works, rules, history, etc. You have found a great source of classical guitar knowledge, as we have a wide assortment of members, from beginners to performing artists, with a number of fine teachers, historians, and luthiers too. So feel free to ask any questions you might have, but consider using the search function first, as many topics have already been discussed at length.

If you participate in other online forums, you might notice that things can get pretty heated at times. Delcamp takes great strides to avoid that. Here is what Mssr. Delcamp himself has to offer on that.

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Adding your location to your profile is a nice touch. Many of us have made new friends from doing just that.

Again, welcome to the forum!

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Re: Greetings from Storrs, CT

Post by Luuttuaja » Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:24 pm

Hello Tom, welcome to the forum!

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