When one door closes almost always another one opens. Do you like jazz or folk music? Put your toe in those waters and play a steel string guitar with a pick. There are tons of instrumental pieces that you can play that way. With your skill and discipline it will be a short trip to proficiency in the steel string repertoire. I'm up to my eyeballs in this genre and just enjoying the heck out of it. The best part is you can continue to obsess over some of the most beautifully constructed guitars in the world.
"Crosspicking is a technique for playing the mandolin or guitar using a plectrum or flatpick in a rolling, syncopated style across three strings. This style is probably best known as one element of the flatpicking style in bluegrass music, and it closely resembles a banjo roll, the main difference being that the banjo roll is fingerpicked rather than flatpicked.A typical element of the technique is the use of three pitches played repeatedly within a four-pulse rhythm. This results in a continual shifting of the pitches vis-a-vis the accented pulse. The three pitches are usually played on three adjacent strings—one per string. The pick direction can vary, depending on the required emphasis and the melody."
You can arrange any song in this style combining it with interlaced 3 and 4 note chords to give you melody and rhythm. Its not just for Bluegrass.
I've got a fabulous Lowden steel string instrument for sale on the Acoustic Guitar Forum that is a little cannon and affordable compared to the classical instruments both you and I have owned in the past. PM me for details.
Best of luck to you regardless of what you decide to do. I regret that we have lost a great ambassador for Classical and I sincerely hope that you find another outlet for your creative energy.
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