Hi therelux wrote: ↑Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:57 pmGreetings. Joined the forum recently and posted one reply. I live in Medford, Oregon which is just a few miles north of the California border.
1) Do you play guitar? Are you a lover of guitar music, but don't play yourself? Are you a Luthier?
I play guitar at an intermediate level. I wouldn't say that I love all music written for any one instrument, guitar included, but I'm a big fan of the nylon-string sound. I prefer music from the 19th century and later. I live in an area with local availability of some good tone woods (California myrtle, claro walnut, redwood, Port Orford cedar, etc.) so am dabbling in building. I hold the label "luthier" in high regard, however, and wouldn't apply it to a dilettante like me.
2) How long have you played? What is your experience? How old (young) were you when you started? Or did you just start last week?
I have an interrupted history with the instrument. I played folk-style guitar starting from about the age of 12 and took a year of classical guitar lessons in college. After a hiatus of 25 years or so, I started playing again about 4 years ago.
3) Do you take lessons? Or are you self-taught? Are you a teacher of Classical Guitar?
I'm mostly self-taught, but had some formal instruction when starting on classical guitar.
4) Did you start with another type of guitar or musical instrument, and then discover the Classical Guitar?
My mother started me on piano in first grade and I hated it. I started with a nylon-string folk guitar in 6th grade, moved to steel string (ragtime and jazz), and became enamored of the sound of nylon-string guitar after spending half a year in Brazil.
5) What type of music are you particularly interested in? What pieces are you currently working on?
I'm most interested in world music and jazz. Music from the golden age of bossa nova (1957-1972) is a major interest. I also like to sing and play. While steel-string guitars are the preferred instruments for vocal accompaniment in English-speaking countries, nylon-string guitars are much used as accompaniment instruments in Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries. The technique of playing the guitar for vocal accompaniment in these traditions is often much informed by classical technique. I'm currently working on Preludio de Adios by Alfonso Montes and Aquarela do Brasil by Ary Barroso.
6) Do you have a large gap in your life when you stopped playing the guitar?
Does a quarter of a century count as "a large gap"? Guilty as charged.
7) And so on! Anything that you wish to share with us will be much appreciated.