Hello from Cologne, Germany

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Hello from Cologne, Germany

Post by lilikati » Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:58 pm

As a new member of this forum, I'd like to say hello and introduce myself.

I am a retired music teacher born in 1950 and have played the guitar (classical music, jazz, world, rock, pop) since I was 15. Over the last years, I have not played much. When I started playing classical music in about 1974, my heroes were John Williams, Andrès Segovia and Julian Bream because of their different styles and approaches. When I studied to become a teacher of music, classical guitar was my main instrument, but I never made it up to a stage that enabled me to play concerts. This was never my aim. Later on, I played Elizabethan music (I love John Dowland) on a lute built by Jacob van de Geest.
In my 30 years of teaching the piano of course was the "standard tool", so the guitar kind of moved into the background. I still used it for song comping, mostly pop and folk music, but I couldn't keep up my routine of practising.
Over the last five years, I have been playing the tenor saxophone, mainly in jazz music. I have always wanted to play a wind instrument, and as a late bloomer I play with soul but without ambition.

One of my guitar-tutors in my university training was a lute player who leads and conducts one of today's best vocal groups for old music: Konrad Junghänel of Cantus Cölln. As a student, I taught a lot of lessons myself for about 4 years but stopped when I became a full-time teacher.

I played a lot of different instruments over the years: I started on a Ramirez, went on to a very early Kohno 5 and later on to a Monch from the late 50s. Then a Thomas Humphrey Millenium came my way which was my main instrument for a long time. Not surprisingly, my old love for the lute made my grab a rare occasion in about 2000: a 10-string guitar with a Nomex top built my Matthias Dammann. I have never again played anything like that guitar. After about 8 years I decided I could not find the time to really master it and sold it to a very good pro. My love for the 10-string guitar made me buy a 10-string guitar with a solid spruce top built by Hermann Hauser (III).

Today, my only 6-string classical guitar is one of Matthias Dammann's early masterworks from the 80s. At that time, he still built solid top guitars, and this one features a solid cedar top. Now and then, I think this guitar should be in more adequate hands and have offered it for sale. Then again, I'm happy to have it and am ready to make it my #1 for the rest of my life.

The music I love most these days is baroque music, especially Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Friedrich Händel.
Hope this will do as an introductory portrait. Thanks for having me.

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Re: Hello from Cologne, Germany

Post by GeoffB » Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:12 pm

Hello lilikati,

Welcome to the forum and thank you for that excellent introduction! I'm sure you will feel very much at home here.

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Re: Hello from Cologne, Germany

Post by lilikati » Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:20 pm

Thanks, Geoff, your warm welcome is much appreciated.

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Re: Hello from Cologne, Germany

Post by Langvarig » Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:12 pm

Hello and welcome - it's quite a list of lovely instruments you have been familiar with. I will look forward to hear recordings of your Damman guitar - Bach will be welcome too.

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Re: Hello from Cologne, Germany

Post by errrtoffie » Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:19 pm

Hello and welcome bach is everywhere we love bach

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