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Re: your introduction to guitar? variations on a theme.

Post by Mike Steede » Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:35 am

I started on piano at 5, then I had a leg injury at 13 years and was stuck at home for 5-6 months as the infection wouldn't clear up. I plunked away on my dad's old steel string out of boredom at first. I went to the library one night and picked out two albums - CCR's Greatest Hits and Christopher Parkening's 'Romanza'. That was it - I was hooked on electric and classical at the same time. I played in basement bands, listened to 'Rush' (still do), worked out the little classical bits on 'Caress of Steel' and 'A Farewell to Kings', and took lessons. The electric guitar/basement band thing fell apart when I started college so I started private lessons with one of our college CG instructors and never looked back. If I could do it again I'd major in music.
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Re: your introduction to guitar? variations on a theme.

Post by bear » Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:15 pm

Ceciltguitar wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:41 am
"My First Guitar: Tales of True Love and Lost Chords from 70 Legendary Musicians" by Julia Crowe.
Thank you, I'll check it out. I'm always looking for a "waiting room" book. This one sounds interesting.
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Re: your introduction to guitar? variations on a theme.

Post by dyspros » Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:28 pm

Even thinking about it brings tears to my heart.

My first memory is one of music. My parents had a friend who was a fantastic guitarist. He had learned on his own, mostly, but also with some input from the father of another friend.

Anyway...

Most of what he played was accompanying others who wanted to sing. But here and there, he'd squeeze a classical guitar piece. We all loved it.

He died of cancer.

I think of him everyday of my life. He gave me the gift of love for music. The music I want to play myself are the pieces he used to play.

I practice the violin and there's a piece by Fritz Kreisler I always offer him before practice. I say ''this is for you..." and his name. The piece is called Liebesleid, which means Love Sorrow. Fraternal love, in our case.

My dear friend lives on in every note I ever play and in every beautiful music I ever hear.

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Re: your introduction to guitar? variations on a theme.

Post by davebones » Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:26 am

I have been mostly a jazz bone player, but a guitarist I worked with turned me on to jazz guitar 15 years ago. I learned some guitar skills, but was too busy to ever get into it much. After retiring, I wanted an instrument that would be satisfying to play without a group, and classical guitar was and still is most appealing. I've been very inspired and encouraged by the stories of the members of this board, as well as by their generous sharing of their playing via the sound clips. Once I get some better chops, I hope to share as well, if only to encourage other beginners. I've sold five electrics and two trombones to build up my step up guitar fund, and I pay a lot of attention to what members use for their own instruments.

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Re: your introduction to guitar? variations on a theme.

Post by Mike Steede » Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:55 am

davebones wrote:
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:26 am
I have been mostly a jazz bone player, but a guitarist I worked with turned me on to jazz guitar 15 years ago. I learned some guitar skills, but was too busy to ever get into it much. After retiring, I wanted an instrument that would be satisfying to play without a group, and classical guitar was and still is most appealing. I've been very inspired and encouraged by the stories of the members of this board, as well as by their generous sharing of their playing via the sound clips. Once I get some better chops, I hope to share as well, if only to encourage other beginners. I've sold five electrics and two trombones to build up my step up guitar fund, and I pay a lot of attention to what members use for their own instruments.
As to your 'step up guitar fund', if you decide to go all the way and have a luthier build you a custom instrument, here's a link to a good listing of who's out there http://www.thisisclassicalguitar.com/cl ... -luthiers/
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Re: your introduction to guitar? variations on a theme.

Post by davebones » Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:37 pm

Mike, Thanks for the list reference. I have been intrigued about the hand made guitars by Japanese luthiers of the 1970s that some of the "We who love Japanese guitars" group own. I am learning on a Takamine C132s which I think is considered a student guitar, but it sounds good to my ears. I'm trying to slow down and not get caught up in another bad episode of GAS, having at one time had 7 electrics. And I'll check out Steve Ganz.

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Re: your introduction to guitar? variations on a theme.

Post by Rick Hutt » Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:25 pm

I came home from junior high school in the SF bay area in 1958 and the radio announcer said, "Here's one by some local boys doing quite well, it's called "Tom Dooley" by the Kingston Trio. I was transfixed. I stood there listening and couldn't imagine anything so cool. I Immediately I knew I wanted to play like the Kingston Trio. 5 years later, my Dad bought me my first guitar, a Harmony. And a few months later I bought my first Martin. But along the way, I bought classical guitar LPs. My first was Segovia's "Castles of Spain" I bought others, and as my tastes evolved more to classical music in general, I thought of playing classical guitar. So I went to a small guitar shop in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago where Richard Brune repaired guitars in a back room. He sold me my Taurus. When I asked him where I could learn to play classical music, he told me that Len Novy taught at the piano store three doors north. So I started with Len. Then Richard moved to his current location in Evanston, and Len went with him. I studied there for 5 wonderful years. Got a firm foundation, and augmented it with studies in theory and pedagogy at the American Conservatory. What a long wonderful trip it's been.
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Re: your introduction to guitar? variations on a theme.

Post by henders » Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:15 am

Mike Steede wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:35 am
If I could do it again I'd major in music.
I have always thought that too. But even if music is hobby and not profession, it’s got to be the greatest and most rewarding of hobbies. And I’ve decided that I will get that degree in music at some point, even if it means starting it in retirement.

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