Hi from Hamburg - Playing Guitar Since Almost 50 Years

ToniLeo
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Hi from Hamburg - Playing Guitar Since Almost 50 Years

Post by ToniLeo » Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:54 pm

Hi everybody,

This is my introductory post. I'm glad to join this wonderful community. :D

I am 65 years old and play classical guitar since 46 years. At age 10 I started to learn flute at school. My first guitar (a bad one) I got at the age of 17, and a decent guitar combined with (kind of) professional teaching at the age of 19. About 4 years later, already equipped with a "Hense" guitar, I applied to study music at Musikhochschule Hamburg. There was an entrance examination, and I made it. But since I had only 4 years of regular training, my technical skills at that time were not excellent. So I was put on a wait. I took private lessons with my favorite professor from Musikhochschule for a couple of years, but I got no permission to study officially at Musikhochschule. So I finally gave up and studied something else, German literature, which I finished as a Master of Art degree.

From age 24 to 30 I worked as a guitar teacher, first at a private school (teaching beginners) and later at "Hamburger Jugendmusikschule". From age 26 to 30 I also played electric guitar in rock and rythm&blues bands, and sang Bob Dylan and Donavan songs as a street performer. At age 30 I returned to play classical guitar. My favorite epoches are Baroque, Renaissance, and Modern (20th century).

Since age 30 till retirement (right now) I worked as journalist writing about science and technology. I continued to play classical guitar, but not always with daily exercises. There were periods when I practiced a lot (many hours a day), and others when I played only once per week. My playing level stayed elevated, one could say semi-professional. About five years ago I started to practice every day again, playing between one and three hours daily. I managed to play fluently and with adequate techniques difficult pieces like "Chaconne d-minor" (Bach) and "La Catedral" (Barrios). I currently work on many different pieces, mainly Bach (Lute suites, fugue in a-minor BWV 1000, fugue for violin BWV 1003), Leopold S. Weiss (Fantasie d-minor) Villa-Lobos (Chorus No. 1), Barrios, Leo Brouwer, A. Lauro (Valses), Mudarra (Fantasia X) etc. I currently have a repertoire of about 20 pieces that I can play fluently by heart. I also play some Bossa Nova (Baden Powell style). My plan is to play classical guitar as a street performer in Hamburg, starting in summer 2018. My mothertongue is German, but I am also fluent in English and Spanish. I lived in the U.S. for 1.5 years and more than three years in Mexico.
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Re: Hi from Hamburg - Playing Guitar Since Almost 50 Years

Post by Erik Zurcher » Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:33 pm

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Re: Hi from Hamburg - Playing Guitar Since Almost 50 Years

Post by fretter » Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:13 am

Hello, ToniLeo! It's wonderful to meet to many classical guitar lovers, as well as mature players. My mother was German, and I love Germany, but I speak only English. If you do street performances in summer, please post videos online and share links here? -- I'm new here, too, but welcome to the forum.

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Re: Hi from Hamburg - Playing Guitar Since Almost 50 Years

Post by John Jay » Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:01 am

Hi ToniLeo, thanks for sharing your interesting background! I admire that, after retirement, you are planning to go back to street performing. I wish you the best of luck, and I hope that this forum is useful for you. Also, I really wish I could speak three languages!
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Re: Hi from Hamburg - Playing Guitar Since Almost 50 Years

Post by Jack Douglas » Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:38 pm

Hi Tonileo,
Thank you for your fascinating introduction and story of your affection for the classical guitar. Welcome to Delcamp.
I look forward to your participation and continuing posting.
I’m curious about one ‘how to’ street playing question. Will you amplify your guitar? If so, how and with what?
Thanks again for your introduction.
Cheers,
Jack
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Re: Hi from Hamburg - Playing Guitar Since Almost 50 Years

Post by ToniLeo » Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:02 pm

Thank all of you for that very warm welcome. When I'll start to street perform, I'll provide you with videos.

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Re: Hi from Hamburg - Playing Guitar Since Almost 50 Years

Post by PLFinoti » Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:04 pm

Hello Tonileo ! that's a great story of love for the instrument throughout time ! I'm from Brazil though having Italian and Austrian ascendancy, and I find your interest in Brazilian music quite interesting, besides Villa-Lobos and Powell are you into any other composer ?

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