My name is Andrzej. I am 68 and, prompted by my youngest daughter, started weekly classical guitar lessons just over a year ago. I try not to notice that many accomplished guitarists started when they were about 4 years old, or in the womb in the case of some Chinese and Japanese proteges! So, why have i waited so long?
I was given a 3/4 steel string guitar when i was 14. I struggled to teach myself, despite many 'Teach Yoursel' books. Also, i had few friends with guitars to learn from. So i just posed in the mirror and managed to shape the main chords, but rarely put them together into songs. No staying power + chicken wire strings = frustration & sorw fingers! I did tease out a mean 'House of the Rising Sun' though. I got my first adult guitar aged 34 at the same time as i bought my wife a fine Raimundo. Mine was a Kimbara 175N, which i still have. The problem now was that, despite evening classes in two different Towns (we moved a few months after the guitar purchases and again a year later; nothing to do with a love of Django Reinhardt or the Gypsy life!) The classes didn't last too long, but i found the strings hard to press down, so played it only very occasionally. It was only when the plastic saddle cracked, and i took the guitar in for a new saddle, did i find that the action was too high! Had i read 'How to play guitar' by Frederick Noad more carefully, i would have known that this might be a problem. With a new saddle things were much better By then i was already bitten by the playing bug.
Two months before being 're-saddled' i encountered a gorgeous sounding spruce top Valencia semi acoustic guitar and bought it an impulse. A bargain at £95. So now i was a two guitar man. As the Kimbara sounded dull, i hankered for a decent cedar top, so sought out a superb Raimundo. Result.Since then i have added three more guitars, as i wanted a range of instruments with individual characteristics. So, this year, i have bought two Salvador Cortez guitars (one solid spruce, one solid cedar), which are wonderful, and a basic looking but sparky Valencia laminated spruce guitar. There is ni truth in the suspicion that i am to lazy to change strings or want a guitar for each day of the week! In fact i have experimented with different brands and tensions of strings and have found the best fit for each of my girls.They seem happy with my choice
As to lessons, it is something i look forward to wach Friday morning, and i practise for an hour a day. I have made good progress over the year and am currently tackling my 9th and 10th pieces. The 9th happens to be a Grade 3 piece, altho i am not studying for grades/exams. The 10th (Lágrima) is one i wanted to try. To my teacher's chagrin, i downloaded the music and learned the noted from the TAB line! Heresy, i hear you cry! I know, but i was impatient to have a go asap. I may face guitar excomunication
Anyway, life still goes on. I deel more enthusiastic about learnibg and pkayibg that at any other time of my life and embrace it as a passion. I pray now that i live long enough to achieve a good standard, even if i never have an audience. They say it's never too late I hope they are right