Greetings from IL, US

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Phuong Hong
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Location: Southwestern Illinois

Greetings from IL, US

Post by Phuong Hong » Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:29 am

Hello everyone,

It is a pleasure to be in the company of those who share my interests in the beauty of the classical guitar. I hope to learn from your collective knowledge as well as contribute to our discussions for years to come.

As a child, I was always fascinated with the guitar, as it was the defining romantic instrument in music. However, living in the districts of Saigon, Vietnam, meant that whatever income my family could earn was dedicated to living and building towards another day. Fortunately, I was given the opportunity to travel to the United States, where I became a citizen and earned a university degree. The next logical step in this American dream: obtain a luthier-made guitar!

After being diligent with the money I earned while being a high school tutor, I was able to purchase a new left-handed La Patrie Concert on a 40% discount. I also signed up for lessons from a local community college, and was invited to my first recital after 1 month of experience to play Sor's Etude in B Minor. However, life and other passions stepped in, and I did not pick up the guitar again until recently. Hopefully, there will be no more interruptions this time.

I particularly admire the works of Albeniz and Barrios, but I am also fond of creating accompaniment to my singing of old Vietnamese songs. With further classical training in the future, I hope that I can do justice to these compositions, even if the hall only contains an audience of one.

I look forward to engaging in spirited conversations with you all!

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George Crocket
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Re: Greetings from IL, US

Post by George Crocket » Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:12 am

Hello Phuong Hong. Welcome to the forum. Life does have this way of interrupting guitar practice. Many of us have discovered this, just like you.

Could you please have a look at our welcome page for more information about the forum and its rules. Once you have posted a second message you will be able to access all the mp3 files and videos in our recording sections, all the members' scores and levels 1 - 3 of the Delcamp score collection, and post your own scores and recordings. After 20 posts you may subscribe to the 020 usergroup with associated membership privileges including access to the higher levels of sheet music in Delcamp's library (see here).

It is helpful if members include their location in their Profile - click on your username and edit.

Enjoy your visits.
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Re: Greetings from IL, US

Post by Bogia » Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:14 am

I got pretty similar story, learning some classical guitar during my high school time in Hanoi, it many things, like your case, stepped in when became University student. I did not have a nylon string guitar until almost 20 years later (few years ago). Fortunately my fingers still remember few things. I have been self-taught mostly so far, and go to teach for a few specific topic (ear training for accompanying any song, harmonization, and maybe more in future). I am now really enjoy the self-learning the guitar daily after the working day.
Hope you enjoy the guitar and keep up practicing.
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