I haven't touched bases with you in a long time, but I actually do think of you often. Does that sound strange, given that we have never met? Your journal and your diligence in staying with classical guitar inspires me, simple as that. Once again, I am very appreciative of the way you have documented and shared the journey with all of Delcamp. I just caught up on your last several months of journal... congratulations on reaching 3 years and staying with it, and grandisimo felicidades for taking on your upcoming performance challenge. It would be terrifying for me, I hope less so for you. I was just looking and I cannot find any recordings you have made... I would truly appreciate hearing some of your best material, just to get a sense of where you are after 3 years.
I am now 14 months into my playing. I have not so far been able to discipline myself to learn to read standard notation... I tried for a month, made some progress, did not really enjoy it, stopped. I am now getting to the point where I not sure I will ever learn to sight read, but I have become quite proficient at using the standard notation for timing, tempo, and some information on dynamics and color. I combine that with tab (gasp!) and I am learning quite well. I know it is a handicap and limits my selections, but my playing is improving very steadily. I also don't focus on classical... I am always working on a new piece, and I rotate: flamenco, classical, blues, 2-3 popular tunes with vocals, and then start a new round. The material I have memorized is growing, my playing proficiency is continually improving, and I am finally learning to coordinate my voice with my playing (difficult!).
I am alone in my playing, motivated by the music... I love the music, and I enjoy practicing very much. In my practice sessions, I focus intently on correct classical technique. I have some great exercises, I keep a log of my progress, and I commit to daily and weekly written goals. The things really missing for me are: (1) No teachers where I live in Mexico, and (2) I don't have anyone to play with, and this is a major disadvantage... I can see how much you have grown through playing with others. I hope that after 3 years, I will be comfortable playing a variety of music for an hour or more in front of a small group... one of my major goals.