Hello. I can guarantee that everyone on this forum plays better than I do. I'm sure most of you play for other humans or even gatherings of humans.(gasp) My guitar love is secret and private, and I haven't played for a long time. See, my old, inexpensive but wonderful-sounding Yahama died a horrible death from flood damage. I was sad for years, because I couldn't afford a guitar that sang to me.
Funny how life circles back on you. I've decided to try and find that rare gem, a good-sounding CG on a very low budget. I want an older guitar, as I had before. I appreciate the history, passing of time, the music that's been played on the instrument, the affection and affinity for the instrument. As a kid, I taught myself the basics on a cheap guitar; looking back, it felt like there must've been an inch between strings and fretboard. Ha ha ha. A few years later, good fortune provided an Ovation bowl back steel 6-string, and I played that for a time, took lessons. Oddly, I learned some basic classical guitar concepts and liked that. Never learned overall music theory, however, which became an issue.
In college, I decided to get a cheap-but-good-sounding nylon string and take a few classes. This is when I fell in love and knew my heart belonged to CG. LIstening, watching, playing, all of it. Stopped playing as much after college, didn't get that far. Still no theory, emphasis was on learning more difficult piece and playing it. Wasn't a music major.
And then I took a detour. Bought a piano as a young adult, took lessons. Teacher said it's be hard for me because I began with guitar. But what hindered me most was music theory, the earlier lack thereof, and feeble sight reading. (Also, my brain switches off when it comes to bass clef, Metal music, and screaming children.) I'd always played by ear, by instinct, by picking up something and quickly memorizing it, and not by playing/naming the actual notes. Was beaten up by music theory during piano lessons. Drifted away from piano as $$$ for lessons (very good teacher) waned. Didn't play anything for decades.
But I'm back, old and cranky, and want to play again before arthritis or a meteroid take me down. The funny (bad) part is now when I look at sheet music, it may as well be Mandarin Chinese. It mocks me. I hope I can find a special guitar (**at a good price, if indifferent/non-player sellers would stop buying them cheaply and inflating the prices online) because it means so much to me. And I'll start at the beginning again if I must. I will focus on sight reading and the bigger picture. My beloved piano teacher would be happy to know her tutelage was not entirely wasted. Brave woman.
(**Just my opinion, obviously. Most people want to make as much money as they can, and I get it. But it knocks some of us out of the running.)
I'm not an elitist. (Guitar models, makers, provenance, performers, pedigree, etc.) Have always loved classical music with strings, and Baroque era in particular. (Cliche, I know. Bach is in my blood.) Also enjoy some Spanish composers, along with others. I'm crazy about an arrangement/execution of Game of Thrones/Rains of Castamere on YouTube. I like many genres in classical arrangement, from historical to contemporary.
My expectations are modest. Just need those warm and resonant tones swirling around the room to soothe the soul. I have no interest in steel strings, although I have a strong sentimental attachment to my Ovation. A friend wants me to accompany her so she can sing. Yeah, no. If I collected guitars, they'd be older classicals. (Eventually, I'd want to make sure they'd be given to someone who would love and play them.) I still appreciate my piano. I appreciate all musical instruments for making the gift of music possible.
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