Hi. My name is Lynda and I play guitar! I began over 50 years ago on a wee plectrum guitar, using the MelBay method, with my guitar teacher, Ron Moore. I'd always wanted to learn piano, but I’d had a nasty accident a couple of years before in which I'd lost the top third of my right hand pinky. Ron was a friend of my Mum’s and he told her I wouldn't need that finger to play guitar and he would teach me. For those who don't know of Ron, he was well known during the 1960s as a jazz guitarist, frequently appearing on TV and on the club circuit in the U.K. and he also taught. In fact, I believe he taught David Russell, who is the same age as me, around the same time!
Ron approached my Mum about switching to classical guitar quite soon after I started because I showed some aptitude. He got my first guitar for me - a Granada, and set me on the path to a life-long passion. He put me forward for music festivals, steered me though my GCSE exams in Music and he took me to see the Great Segovia in Glasgow Candleriggs City Hall. He wanted me to make performing my career, but I was never comfortable performing - I was, and always will be, a teacher! So he started me along that path by sending me all his younger pupils! He preferred teaching mid teens and older. He even sent me his daughter, Amber, when she decided she'd like to learn! Sadly, Ron passed away a few years ago. I never lost touch with him (he lived near me) and I'll always be grateful to him for the love of the guitar he instilled in me all those years ago.
I spent the following years, after qualifying as a teacher, in the Scottish Education system, as a class teacher, a member of the Local Authority Educational Development Team, and as Depute and sometimes-Acting Head Teacher of a large Primary School. I got married, had a family, kept up my private pupils and ran various after-school guitar groups, none of which gave me much time for serious playing!
When I retired, in 2012, I had time to devote to my own development of the instrument and my love for it has grown. Although I have erosive arthritis in my fretting hand, I keep playing, although I sometimes have to be quite creative with the fingering! I joined Simon Powis’s online Classical Guitar Academy ( which I HIGHLY recommend to other guitarists out there!) and I'm now playing regularly for my own pleasure.
I still teach guitar (can't seem to stop!) and I do a day at our local Secondary School working with some great young people. It's voluntary, so I don't get paid, but I get as much pleasure out of it as they do, because it gives me the opportunity to ‘share the music’. I still love classical music, but I also play folk music, and I LOVE blues!
As for guitars - I still have my old Granada, a P. Caballero I bought when I qualified, (cost me my first two month’s wages!) and recently I got a Córdoba Iberia Dolce Parlor and Córdoba C9 Parlor as they are a bit easier on my hands, being 7/8 size. I have a Yamaha C40 too.
I also have a motley selection of guitars I picked up in auctions, charity shops and on Gumtree and similar sites! I clean them up, fix any minor defects and restring them, then lend them out to my guitar kids who don't have guitars of their own. Thanks to my very helpful luthier, Ian, at The Guitar Workshop, Glasgow, who helps me out when there's something I can't fix myself. Goodness knows what I'm going to do with them all when I do eventually stop teaching!
I think that's about all. I thank you for reading, and I hope I haven't bored anyone with too much trivia! (I was following the site guidelines about content!) and I look forward to exploring the site. Oh! I forgot - I mentioned about not taking up piano because of my missing finger tip? I decided to have a go anyway, in my late forties and I now play comfortably around Grade 5/6! I'll never be a concert pianist, but at least I can still enjoy the music when my hands are too sore to play my guitar!