Binh NguyenKhac wrote: ↑
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:39 am
why do you choose guitar Andrei? Why not piano or violin?
Violin is clearly ruled out for me as it takes way too much effort to get very little gain. Also, it is maximum 2 voices at the same time and the voice does not keep ringing when you start playing the next note... So, it is not that rich I'd say. To sound decent on a violin I think one should spend at least 5x of efforts needed to sound decent on a classical guitar. Then the sound itself: CG tone palette is so rich and can be so warm and pleasing. Violin has very good projection but the sound is too specific. Of course, it is fun to listen to professional players, but I still don't like it that much.
I remember that pure enjoyment listening to CG when I went to a concert with Eduardo Costa and was sitting in the 2nd row. In March 2017 David Russell visits our area and I cannot wait to listen to him
. There is a huge difference between a professional and amateur player (remembering an open-mic event in our area).
How did I start it? No, not from hearing recordings of Segovia
I was first exposed to a guitar (1/2 size steel string) when I was 6. My brother taught me some simple tune called Mazurka (see attached). I did not know sheet music back then, it was just "press here and then there".
When I got a bit older I started noodling around with this guitar, trying chords. Then at school I even did some rhythm playing on an electric guitar (a couple simple chords, only 1 right-hand pattern, nothing fancy). This was an optional class to my primary accordion course (which lasted 5 years). So, I learned how to read sheet music, got basic knowledge of music theory. But I never really liked accordion. When I was ~15 I was obsessed with getting a synthesizer (small electric piano producing different voices). My family was not very rich, so we could not afford one. But I was lucky to get one from a friend for a couple months. I played a lot of simple tunes from sheet music, from video games, even composed something myself.
Then I have not been playing much (some occasional chord playing when I was a student). I tried to learn piano, bought a midi keyboard, started doing some lessons, but my interest faded in a couple days somehow.
In ~2009 I somehow decided that it would be nice to start learning CG seriously, so I bought a classical guitar (some Almansa), downloaded a good tutorial which started from _fundamentals_ rather than playing tunes. I was a very enthusiastic start, but I rushed it too fast because I wanted to play some pieces
I did some exercises too, but spent too much time on learning pieces which were beyond my skills. So, after a couple months I stopped practicing regularly. Also, I did not use nails.
Then in 2011 I moved to the US and started practicing again. I bought a Kremona Rosa Morena but some other things in life were more interesting/important then (like meeting my wife and then getting married).
So, only in 2013-2014 when things stabilized and I got a job of my dream I started consistent practicing and developed my deep interest in classical guitar.
I still consider a remote possibility to start learning piano, but I guess it will never be so captivating and addicting as Classical Guitar (which I never get tired of).
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