I am a guitar player since 1964 (14 years old then) and fell in love with the classical guitar when I heard about this Cuban character that was giving a house concert at my friends home in Gary, IN. The guitar player could barely speak english and was sweeping floors in US Steel at the time. It turns out he was a degreed graphic artist and once he grasped the language he moved up the corporate ladder. His name is Lenin Periut. I was astounded at the age of 19, that this gentleman could command an audience of 20 people (+/-) that had no knowledge of this type of music! I vowed to study with him and I did. I had just moved out of my parents home at the time, and was living with 2 friends...and this guy would drive to my home on Monday nights for a 1 hour lesson for $10. It was VERY inspiring! At the time, I was a Beatle fan and the only 'finger style' I knew at the time was "Blackbird", but I appreciated the art of it all, and was smitten with the tone he was getting on his guitar. That was 47 years ago. I never stopped playing, with my personal goal to learn 1 piece a month...thinking of the end game. Because, as we all know, this isn't the kind of thing you just 'declare' you're going to master...it takes a lifetime, and I'm still a 'student' compared to the young breed of today. Although, living in Crown Point, IN., I'm somewhat of a big fish in a little pond' and do play professionally. That is to say, part-time, since I was a plumber for 35 years and now a commercial real estate agent. Odd mix, yes...but, true. I have played at a nearby spanish restaurant for 34+ years and also do county clubs, private parties, weddings, etc. When the Cuban instructor moved to Miami to teach with Juan Mercadal (I heard) I sought out a wonderful instructor in Chicago...John Mavreas. I studied with John for 3-4 years in the early '70's and became friends with him. But, after moving back to Greece at 55 after teaching in Chicago for 30 years, I hadn't seen him for 30 years until I visited him last September. What a WONDERFUL 2 weeks with him and his wife and daughter (a mutual friend was also my travel companion) and I hope to return this year. He was 86 last fall...I feel it's important to get back ASAP...you never know.
I have a beautiful Dake Traphagen 07 cedar/brazilian classical (among other guitars) and attend almost all concerts in Chicago, and some in at the Cleveland Guitar Society. I was at the Guitar '75 in Toronto and have vivid memories of almost everything! Wonderful...but enough for now.
Thanks for letting me join and post here.