Linda wrote:Hi Ramon,
Very interesting story. Thanks for sharing. I am still a student, never really achieving a high level of playing (yet..haha)....just loving to play what I can. Maybe no matter the level of expertise, we are forever learning, a wonderful process to be sure. Did you ever get to play with Mr. Feliciano?
No, I met Jose several times, but circumstances were such that I never got to play with him. The interesting thing about Jose is that he is an accomplished classical guitar technique player, but is also a highly accomplished steel and electric player.
Over the years I have faced the identical situation from the other end - as a teacher. I have had numerous students who were self taught, and I have to spend a certain amount of time undoing everything they are doing wrong or not doing at all.
As for your playing, yes, you can and should derive plenty of pleasure and enjoyment playing whatever you can. And don't be afraid to occasionally try something a bit above your level. As Robert Browning said in "Andrea del Sarto" the poem, "A man's reach should exceed his grasp." Or a woman's.
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