Greetings from Fletcher, NC, a little town half-way between Asheville and Hendersonville, NC. My name is Eric Schutz. I've played classical guitar off and on for about 35-years. I started pretty late (age 35), was mostly self-taught, and had other much higher priorities for most of that time (college prof' with a couple of kids!). So while I've taken formal lessons and some music courses since retiring a couple years ago, I'm kind of "advanced" level but really not at all an advanced player.
I play intermediate level classical pieces at best, e.g., Bach preludes, and a hodge-podge variety of stuff picked up here and there that I haven't found too intimidating to bother with learning -- I'm a very slow reader, so memorization is critical, and it's getting harder as I get older! My repertoire consists of odds & ends of classical, ragtime, blues, pop, jazz, and Irish/Celtic. From Joplin's "Solace" to a not-so-hard version of "Georgia" to Brouwer's "Un Dia de Noviembre" to Satie's "Gymnopaedie #1", etc, etc.
I have done some busking with a buddy recently here in Asheville, NC, which must be buskers' heaven, I'd reckon. My busking buddy's an outstanding musician, I have no idea why he's willing to stoop to my level, but I'm sure grateful he's willing (it's like free lessons!). Busking is the extent of my playing for "an audience", which, if you've ever tried busking, you know it's not really an audience, as mostly people just basically walk by without paying much visible notice. I.e., I never played for a real audience at all except in my music classes just before retirement, and there I discovered I have a serious stage fright thing! Ugh! Well, I'll see how I do, one of these days, before an open mic' somewhere.
So what do I "do" with my playing -- I mean besides practicing & playing at home, grossing out the family with repetition and error-ridden scratching on old strings? I do teach basic and intermediate lessons, both voluntary and paid, though the latter is a bit sparse right now. The competition around here is horrendous!
Through the years, I've been through a couple dozen guitars, all of them in the higher-quality mass-market range (i.e., mass-produced but solid wood), trying to find "just the right one". Currently I play a Kenny Hill New World Players Series Fingerstyle and a Cordoba GK Studio Negra. I'll probably settle on these two for a good while, they're great guitars in this price bracket & for my purposes. Narrower finger-boards (especially the Hill), smaller body (the Cordoba), easy playing both of them, easy on the older human body such as my own. And most important of all: sweet tone in my price bracket.
Well, that's about it, introduction-wise. I'm here because I have a bunch of questions that I suspect people here may have answers to, probably enough such questions to keep me around on this site for a good while. I'll get to my first one in my next submission.
Cheers - Eric Schutz