Hello to all, Bonjour à tous, Saludos a todos, Grüße an alle, Χαιρετισμούς σε όλους, こんにちは!
Classical guitar has been part of me since I was a teenager. I am now over 50 and still play guitar. I have my ups and downs and never seem to find the time to practice rigorously. Nevertheless, I do try and do play, sometimes with ease, sometimes struggling. One of the things that attracted me to the guitar is that I have a very bad voice. I basically can't sing, but I've always wanted to, I felt like I had to. Well, guitar is an extension of my vocal cords--that's how I can best describe the feeling and experience.
I took lessons when I was very young but then continued by myself. I consider myself self-taught even though there have been times that I sat in various classes, rather briefly. It has always been difficult to find the right level. Sometimes they are very easy, sometimes very hard.
As far as profession goes, I'm a research mathematician. Math, they say, goes with music. But that's not universal. I am, usually, quite busy, but I do put some time away in order to play guitar. Actually, I live in Sweden which is the strangest country I've ever lived at (I have spent 20 years in the US, several in the UK, and in France, and, naturally, in Greece, since I am Greek), where finding someone to talk to, or something interesting to do, or somewhere to go, or even a bookstore or a cafe is harder than finding a needle in a haystack. So, instead of committing suicide I try to play guitar. This is the role that guitar plays for me. It is vital. The good thing is that I travel a lot, often with my guitar, and so it is possible to both meet people and play guitar. I am frequently in the UK (where I keep a second guitar) and so that saves me. I have a Kohno guitar here (that I had bought from Guitar Solo in San Francisco long time a go, for a non-trivial price) and a cheap Yamaha in the UK (it sounds OK though).
The internet is full of junk. And it will become even worse. However, sites like this one, where information and quality are more important than insulting advertisements and garish decorations is what makes the internet interesting. I am looking forward to finding some new music and ways to expand my classical guitar horizons.