Introduction by Dave Brookes of Birmingham, UK

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Introduction by Dave Brookes of Birmingham, UK

Post by dave brookes » Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:54 pm

Hi everybody. I join you as a life-long lover of the classical guitar (I'm now in my late 60's).

Since my first guitar, when I was about 13, I've loved playing, devising arrangements and creating original compositions. Retirement from work allowed me to devote more time to the guitar and, at this very late stage, I started having lessons. I worked through the ABRSM exams 5 to 7 and the theory exam at Grade 5. I'm unlikely to attempt the grade 8 exam because, despite my best efforts, my sight-reading remains poor. Also after my retirement, I joined an amateur ensemble and have, since then have moved onto another one for more advanced players of the guitar. This is the Central England Guitar Ensemble which is based in Birmingham UK and is run by the professional guitarist Andrew Gough.

My greatest pleasure is in arranging and composing for guitar - mostly solo but also some duet and ensemble pieces. For several years I've been posting these on various websites and have been very interested in following their progress (or lack of it). A number of my ensemble pieces have been performed by several amateur ensembles around the world as I discovered when I trawled through YouTube. Also, the ensemble of which I am a member has performed a couple of my pieces.

As a member of this community, I look forward to joining in the discussions, enjoying the music produced by its members and sharing my own creations with the community.

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Re: Introduction by Dave Brookes of Birmingham, UK

Post by James Lister » Wed Jul 26, 2017 3:20 pm

Hi Dave,

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Re: Introduction by Dave Brookes of Birmingham, UK

Post by Luuttuaja » Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:44 am

Hello Dave and welcome to the forum!

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Re: Introduction by Dave Brookes of Birmingham, UK

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:42 am

Welcome from down south Dave, look forward yo seeing your pieces 😎
Simon Ambridge Series 40 (2005)
Trevor Semple Series 88 (1992)
Louis Panormo (1838)
Alexander Batov Baroque Guitar (2013)

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Re: Introduction by Dave Brookes of Birmingham, UK

Post by CathyCate » Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:55 pm

Welcome and way to go. I Luuuuuv guitar ensemble music!

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