I've been lurking here for a while, amazed at the substantial base of knowledge of classical guitars and the willingness to share/exchange views with fellow members. The searches I've made about various aspects of learning/playing CG and inevitably the products of different brands/luthiers have led me to the wonderfully informative and helpful posts on this site. Thank you all for making this site so great.
I am a fairly new guitar player. Started on an acoustic (steel string) guitar a couple of years ago, because I love folk music and the "twanginess" of bluegrass. But my instructor and I (I started real lessons only mid last year) now realise that my preference in playing is in classical songs, much more than contemporary ones. So I switched to the CG and am much enjoying it much more and making better progress. It helps that the nylon strings are gentler on my previously untouched fingers.
I'm not particularly musical, or at least, I've not received much formal musical training (I learnt the piano as a child, but hated practising
… typical child). But I enjoy music in an uneducated, ad-hoc stumbling-upon-stuff kind of a way - a variety of popular classics and opera, acoustic folk, bluegrass and country, pop and rock, and jazz. Not hip-hop, rap or EDM, as those don't sound at all musical to me. Beside/After the human voice, stringed instruments have always appealed to me the most - I love the voice of the cello and violin, and am now learning to appreciate that of the classical guitar too.
I do regret never having started on the guitar earlier in life, despite ample opportunities - my father's Filipino colleague even gave him a pretty decent guitar as a present when I was a teenager, and some boyfriends were seriously keen (amateur) guitarists/bassists. Now, much as I would hasten progress in my skills, age (resulting in stiffness in my fingers and aches and pains in my neck/shoulders/arms) and family responsibilities limit my practice time.
Hope to listen and learn more at this site, especially on what better-sounding guitars there are (although my wallet probably exceeds my (pathetically low) skill level, so perhaps a new purchase is still some way off?). Many thanks in advance for your help and patience with this newbie!