Hi from Scotland

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Hi from Scotland

Post by Marty » Wed May 24, 2017 7:01 pm

I'm Marty and live on the west coast of Scotland – I can see the Isle of Arran from my house. It's lovely tonight (as it often is) thanks to the beautiful sunset.

I've been playing guitar for quite a number of years now. My first guitar belonged to my sister and was always missing at least half of its strings. I didn't like it much. I remember buying a really awful electric guitar which I plugged into my record player but that was the beginning of my journey.

I learned by listening to records, playing in bands and reading some theory. It's mostly been acoustic the last 20 years or so but I wanted a new challenge so I procrastinated a little about classical playing and eventually went for it.

This also includes learning to read music which never seemed that important to me before. I'm enjoying myself I have to say and constantly surprised by my lack of skills as my sometime teacher points out. I seem to lack dynamics which was a surprise until I thought about it and as a solo player I would say that's accurate whereas the bands I've been in have been dynamic all together, so that's new.

Another thing is accuracy – when it's your own music you play, it's never really wrong but when it's in front of you written by someone else, that's different.

Thanks for listening,

Marty

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Re: Hi from Scotland

Post by James Lister » Wed May 24, 2017 7:19 pm

Hi Marty,

Welcome to Delcamp! That's a beautiful part of the world - I spent a couple of weeks on Arran many years ago, and had almost unbroken sunshine the whole time (and I've had very many holidays in Scotland, so I know how rare that is!). You might know of the Classical Guitar Retreat held on Cumbrae every year it's a great event attended by several forum members (and run by another - Matthew McAllister)

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Re: Hi from Scotland

Post by Marty » Wed May 24, 2017 9:06 pm

Hi James,

Thanks for the welcome. Unbroken sunshine on Arran? I hope you took some picture otherwise no-one would believe you!

I had heard of the retreat on Cumbrae but haven't looked into yet, perhaps I will.

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Re: Hi from Scotland

Post by George Crocket » Wed May 24, 2017 11:17 pm

Hi Marty. Welcome to the Forum. The Classical Guitar Retreat is a great experience, as James says. I can't make it this year, but I hope to get the ferry across for a couple of concerts towards the end of the Retreat. It's well worth considering.
George
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Re: Hi from Scotland

Post by James Lister » Thu May 25, 2017 9:27 am

Marty wrote:
Wed May 24, 2017 9:06 pm
Hi James,

Thanks for the welcome. Unbroken sunshine on Arran? I hope you took some picture otherwise no-one would believe you!

I had heard of the retreat on Cumbrae but haven't looked into yet, perhaps I will.
I'm sure I have some photos somewhere - but it was probably 25 years or so ago, so pre-digital.

If you do manage to get to Cumbrae, do come and say hello (I'll be exhibiting a few of my guitars).

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Re: Hi from Scotland

Post by Luuttuaja » Thu May 25, 2017 4:47 pm

Hello Marty, welcome to the forum!

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Re: Hi from Scotland

Post by Golfgnome » Thu May 25, 2017 10:15 pm

Hi Marty, welcome.
I made a trip to Scotland to look up my roots. My mother was born in Govan.
Loved the tour, the Highlands, Edinburgh, St. Andrews and much more. Beautiful country and great people.

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Re: Hi from Scotland

Post by Marty » Sat May 27, 2017 2:54 pm

Thanks to all for the warm welcome, very much appreciated.

My wife was over in Arran two days ago and it was a blistering sun, so it does happen.

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