I am returning after a bit of a break, same user name as before - except now capitalized, and eager to dive into some of the profound Cafe topics!
Since I can't find my old introduction, here is a new one:
I play classical guitar at a modest level, mostly for my own enjoyment. Occasionally an opportunity comes along to perform e.g. at a wedding or an anniversary party. On these occasions I play simple pieces such as the Milan pavanes.
I took up guitar in high school because of my interest in folk music. Hearing a live flamenco performance made me aware of the greater possibilities, and after I bought John Williams' first album, classical became my "vibe". I am still struggling with pieces on that album
I was taking lessons in D.C. a ninety minute bus ride south. I was very frustrated by my lack of technical progress and had heard about Aaron Shearer. A friend and I contacted Shearer who graciously invited us to his apartment for a discussion. Mr Shearer informed me that everything about my technique was wrong, that I would have to start over from scratch. He would take me on as a student, because I was teaching part time. I went home and pondered this. A few days later my draft notice arrived...
Okay, now it's 1970. I am back in civilian life and taking lessons from a student of Shearer's. We started on page 1 of Shearer Vol 1., completely rebuilding my technique and introducing concepts of musicianship. Jan taught me for two years, before she graduated and moved away. Thus ended my formal training.
After my own college graduation (thank you, tax payers and G l bill) I worked in Baltimore for three years then moved to Seattle. The next thing I remember is my last day of work in 2014
. It sure went by fast! I still play regularly, rarely in public.