New horizons

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New horizons

Post by Stephen » Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:29 pm

Hello, this is my first post. I am 67 years old and live on the South coast of England. I have been playing with the guitar for a number of years, but six weeks ago took the decision to teach myself to play the classical guitar. I am using the Frederick Noad Book 1 this is because I bought the book several years ago but never got around to using it.hehe. There was always some thing else to do. I am allowing myself up to 2 hours a day to practice.As I am now retired from working as a carpenter, I am needing some thing to keep the grey cells working, reading is fine but not creative. Apart from the news and the occasional quiz show I have little interest in T.V. I found this site by chance,I googled Classical Guitar finger tip problems, and was amazed that other players have suffered the same problem, and low and behold I have the solution. I think that having been a manual worker for most of my life do tend to hold the guitar as if it was about to run away from me hence pressing down heavily on the strings.I can not justify spending money on lessons, so much of my technique is through reading or trial and error, however my wife tells me my playing is so much better in 6 weeks.

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Re: New horizons

Post by simonm » Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:04 pm

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Stephen wrote:
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:29 pm
... my wife tells me my playing is so much better in 6 weeks.
This is of course very good news. The bad news is when the doors slam somewhere in the house when you play. … :-)



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Re: New horizons

Post by CathyCate » Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:16 pm

Welcome Stephen and all the best! Regards to your wife who seems to be an excellent partner in this endeavor.
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Re: New horizons

Post by Steve Ganz » Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:33 am

Welcome. Enjoy and share.

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Re: New horizons

Post by S.H.Tan » Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:33 pm

Hi Stephen,

Perhaps you can try your hand at building a guitar. Your carpentry skills will come in handy. It's satisfying and addictive. I have experienced it, having just completed my first built 😉

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Re: New horizons

Post by Rick Beauregard » Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:50 pm

If you can’t get a teacher, I highly recommend the free lessons on this forum to supplement your self study. Preparing and recording your monthly work is very helpful discipline and the social contact with students around the world like you is inspiring.
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Re: New horizons

Post by Annalu Braga » Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:59 pm

First thing if you don´t have a teacher, don´t force your fingers never. Try to play smoothly, very smoothly.

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