Stan wrote: ↑
Sat Mar 31, 2018 1:25 am
Wow, thank you all very much for taking time to respond to my post. My ultimate goal is to be able to play competently for my self. I have never performed and I don't have that desire I just recently discovered classical guitar. I know that sounds strange but it is true. Of course I had heard classical guitar but I never listened to it, if that makes any sense. At this stage in my life, it is the most relaxing and enjoyable thing I can do.
Since I am retired, I have all day to practice, ...
I am thankful and gratified by all your responses and encouragement. I came to the right place by a stroke of good fortune.
I think it’s great that you are playing for the enjoyment of it, because that enjoyment or love will keep you going. Since your goal is to play competently for yourself and “it is the most relaxing and enjoyable thing I can do”, it sounds from your description that it’s the journey, not an end-goal, that is most meaningful to you. So you can approach the guitar just for the joy of playing it, without imposing too high standard of perfection or expectation on yourself.
While age may not be on your side as far as physical aspects are concerned, it is on your side from a psychological point of view. You will probably now have the determination to practice, the musical interest and will to keep at it, the self-awareness to forgive yourself when you keep repeating your mistakes, and best of all, the time and financial freedom to immerse yourself into the world of classical guitar (not only playing, but also listening to and exploring other classical guitarists).
I second the suggestions of others to get a good classical guitar teacher, if nothing else than to guide your technique so that you reduce the likelihood of injury. But most good teachers bring a wealth of experience that you might not even be aware you lack until it’s pointed out - e.g. rhythm, musicality, alternative fingering.
Have fun and I wish you many years of pleasure learning and playing the classical guitar! Delcamp is a great community so come back here often to share your journey with us.