I’ve been negligent in using this site over the past few years, so had to register again. Life happens sometimes... I am a young, soon-to-be 70 yr old lifelong guitar player, though was smitten with the classical guitar after attending a live performance of Christopher Parkening back in ‘76, resulting in my rushing out to buy my first Oriba concert classical guitar. My guitar playing roots go back to the mid-60’s playing in a rock band (Sears Silvertone, then Gretch Chet Atkins), moving from that genre to folk and an acoustic guitar (Guild D-40), then saw the light in ‘76, and became a devotee to the classical guitar (now owning an ‘86 Contreras).
Have studied with great classical teachers in Seattle over the years, but always hit a plateau of sorts, frustrated with the scales, exercises, etc., wanting to jump right into playing pieces. On a recent trip to Hawaii I found myself unable to resist picking up a ukulele, so that has held my attention for awhile. Then just last year I received a a gift of a Les Paul Goldtop, so found myself once again shifting gears and playing my old song set of Animals, Beatles, Stones, KInks, etc. So my devotion to 6-string instruments is mixed, but would have to say my first love is still classical. My stated goal for the past 5-10 years has been to work up a 45-minute repertoire and play at assisted living/nursing facilities. Maybe Hospice work? But have I done so? Regrettably not. I’ve set the bar for my note-perfect playing so high, it keeps me taking the first step. I also have to contend with moderate performance anxiety. But alas, my wife of 46 years hasn’t given up on me, so I shouldn’t either.
Love the Sor studies, Weiss, Bach, Augustin Mangore, Tárrega, Merlin, Carulli and Giuliani - to name but a few.
This is a fantastic forum and am making a renewed commitment to jump on more often. Thank you for keeping it alive and well!!