Thank you again for you comments. I believe that you are correct in what you say and I do intend to stick it out. I am looking forward to finding a more cohesive community amongst those who persevere.
I empathize with your position in this course, I think that it would be very challenging to learn classical guitar from the absolute beginning in this format. I have sat in hour plus lessons in the past where the entire focus was my teacher instructing me to play one phrase repeatedly while he made tiny corrections in the position of my right hand. I have difficulty seeing how anything even beginning to approach that could happen from one beginner commenting on a video of a single performance of another beginner. It has the feel of the blind leading the blind.
I think that this thought is included in the spirit in which these lessons are offered, the stated purpose is to help students who do not have the ability to acquire a private instructor, not to replace an instructor. For me my limitation on personal instruction is more time than money.
I hope to move back to a person instructor in the future, but for now that is not possible. As I said in a prior post, for me the greatest value of these lessons is the programmatic presentation of the repertoire. I get lost in all the options without guidance. The second value to me is the community with which I can discuss something that I am passionate about. I would like to hear critique about my playing. I want to hear about the music, not the technical issues. I don't mean to come across as immodest by saying this but I know that stuff, even if it is not apparent in my playing at present. I have spent a good deal of time in the past in one on one lessons with extremely accomplished performance artists. I have stacks of notebooks with notes from those lessons. My issue is that I am far out of practice, I have not played in close to 10 years and those skills are very rusty. They will come back with practice though. I have only restarted playing in mid-February and only found this course the last weekend of march so I think that things are coming back at a reasonable pace.
You seem to be someone who is very thoughtful about what you are doing and saying. I hope that you are able to stick with this and that you progress, it is very rewarding as soon as you have some mastery of the basics and are able to move from simple exercises to music, and that comes more rapidly than you think it will. I look forward to seeing you in the more advanced levels. I am not sure how long I will be in the lessons, I expect to finish level 2 over the next few months and then join level 3 for the next session. Hopefully by the end of that session I will be in a position for private instruction, but this forum seems to be so rich I fully expect that I will continue to participate for years to come.
Best to you,
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to"
"I don't much care where–"
"Then it doesn't matter which way you go”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland