thanks for accepting me into this forum.
It has been a great resource for me so far.
A bit about me:
I am an avid player, and I love music across genres.
I have been active musician since 2005, starting as singer/lead guitarist in a Metallica cover band, back in Germany, where I grew up. We played gigs and recorded music in our on rehearsal room back then. I soon started writing own pieces, which led to several albums and lots of gigs. band constellations changed, the music became more progressive/psychedelic/alternative. Main influences became Tool, Porcupine Tree, Pink Floyd. I wanted to study Jazz at a conservatory, but wan't admitted, unfortunately. At this point, I wrote more music as solo artist, exploring electronic music, percussion instruments, piano, violin, and then...stopped for a while. There was a break due to focusing on other things in life. This resulted in a 4-year hiatus from playing an instrument.
Some years later, my wife and I moved to New Zealand. Work mates at a new job reignited my passion for music at some point, so for the last year I have been focusing on bringing my self up to speed on the electric guitar, AND as a novelty improving my skills on the classical guitar. I am determined to professionalize my classical guitar abilities to a presentable level, meaning performances, possibly teaching at a very later stage. I have always been, and will continue to be, self-taught. I have found a fidelity in the instrument and repertoire of the classical guitar that no other previous experience has been able to give me.
I am currently learning through Fred Noads Solo Guitar 1 (currently at 5th position), which has allowed me to start from scratch, and has provided me with a new approach to notes, technique, musicianship and repertoire. In addition, the vast sorces on the internet are very helpful for each topic I encounter.
My repertoire that I am currently working on:
- Barrios-La Catedral
- Barrios-Una Limosnita por Amor del Dios
- Villa-Lobos Etude no2
- Villa-Lobos Prelude no1
- Villa-Lobos Prelude no3
- Debussy-La fille aux cheveux lin
- Debussy-Clair de Lune
- Bach-Prelude BWV999
- 5 self-written songs
My biggest challenges currently:
-Learning to sight-read notation (I've always played from tabs)
-Playing without error (I often forget parts/play uncleanly)
-Tremolo at intended speed
Looking forward to great discussions with all of you