Hello everyone, I came across this forum this morning while searching for random guitar related answers. I guess an introduction is in order
... I am a 37 year old classical pianist/organist, and singer. I have recently decided to add the guitar to my musical arsenal as I have wanted to learn for years and I have plenty of time on my hands even though I still spend several hours a day sitting at the piano teaching/learning repertoire. My big projects this summer is to consolidate and memorize all 12 of Chopin op. 10 and familiarize myself with the guitar... the Chopin is a big ambition but learning right hand technique on this guitar is proving to be an even bigger challenge lol. I recently purchased a second hand Cordoba C5... something cheap but seemingly efficient enough to begin with (also was looking at Yamaha instruments). Right now I am watching Youtube videos and working my way through an online method I found by Bradford Werner if that name means anything to anyone. I am about to start researching different guitar methods. Coming from a pianist's perspective on technique and the mechanisms of learning it, I am approaching this guitar with all things technique in mind as it's the absolute foundation for learning any instrument as it gives the musician all the tools to be musical.
Putting my personal ambitions aside (kinda)
I also have an ulterior motive for familiarizing myself with the guitar. My teenage nephew has been playing guitar for a little over a year now and is impressively progressing at what he is trying to do... he studies with some lady who plays bluegrass yet does not read any music notation. She does not charge him for lessons, he is her only student, and has become very close to her. I would like for him to broaden his musical horizons so to speak, so, I am trying to approach his situation delicately... he has it in his mind that he wants to only learn this style of music, does not need to learn to read music and he knows everything already yada yada yada. I am hoping I can learn to play with him and teach him a few things along the way...maybe change his mind on a few ideas he has in his thick head that I know he will regret in the future.
I will stop my rambling for now, as I am sure I will have plenty of questions soon to come.
Nice to meet everyone, Adam