I was very active on this site for 6 years, taking the online lessons, then 3 years ago I concluded I would never get good enough to be able to play comfortably and well in public, so I basically gave up classical guitar to focus entirely on jazz guitar. I still wanted to play in public, you see, I wanted to play music for people. The technical challenges of classical guitar were just too much. In those 6 years I had gotten better (I was in the highest level offered, it had moved to the Spanish Forum by then). The last lesson I recorded was Bach Prelude BWV 998, a piece I had been trying to play for years and had performed some in public. When it came up in the lesson I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could play it a lot better than ever before, thanks to the effect of the 6 years of Delcamp study.
However, I still wasn't good enough, and I knew it. I had started to make some connections in the local jazz community, and even though I had a long way to go in jazz, I knew I had a better chance there. It would be much harder in many ways to learn to improvise, but it was a lot easier to produce a musical sound on an electric guitar with low action.
During the last 3 years I have hardly played any classical guitar. Once in a while I'd play something for church and that was it. I did notice that this went better than it had in the past, but still wasn't at the level it should be.
I was making progress in jazz though, and at the moment I'm sitting in on combos at gigs playing a few songs and feel like I'm not too far from being able to play solo gigs myself.
And I picked up the classical guitar a few months ago, inspired by randomly running across John Williams' recordings of the Sor Studies on youtube, and for a couple of weeks I was playing through all 20 Studies in a week, doing 4 a night. And guess what: somehow I had gotten better at this, even though I had only been playing electric guitar.
So now I'm returning to classical, at least some, with a little more hope - but still have a long way to go.
And because I've found some good resources for my own learning and have noticed certain insights from this that I think have made a big difference in my progress all of a sudden, I'm going to start sharing these ideas on my youtube channel, posting once a week.
This is my announcement, if any of you are interested:
I am going to be posting at least once a week on my youtube channel, sharing things that have helped me get better at playing guitar. I've been playing and practicing for over 30 years, but stayed at the same level for a long time. In the last couple years I've started to make some progress. In the last few months, due to some good online resources and the jazz community here in Salem, I've found some ideas that have helped even more. I call this youtube series "The Casual (but serious) Guitarist." This is the guitarist who plays in public (or at least aspires to) but has limited practice time. In my case, that means about 7 hours a week. My goal is to help you make the most of that limited time. If you think this sounds interesting, please take a look at my videos and/or subscribe to my channel.
Here are the first three.
Thank you, Jean Francois, for your great site, and thank you, all the good and helpful people on the site.
Last edited by Jeremy Hickerson on Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:05 pm, edited 2 times in total.
Guitarras: 1973 Manouk Papazian (Spruce/Morado), two I have built, and an old Telesforo Julve parlor size