I am a 20 year old med student from India and have been playing the classical guitar for a little over 2 years now!
After browsing through this forum for the invaluable information i have gained i finally decided to join it
My musical journey so far
My introduction to music was in the form of Indian classical music at the age of 7 and I spent several years playing the harmonium.
After that I played the keyboard till about grade 6 and violin till about grade 5(Trinity levels)
I also played the euphonium for my school brass band.
My love for classical guitar first started when i watched a video of a recording of Bach's Chaccone which I think is the greatest piece of music ever written for a single staff.
I do have a teacher and have been taking weekly lessons since i started.
As for my method according to my teacher I learnt through the carcassi method and a few ponce preludes along with the sor op6 studies and that is pretty much all the technical work i have done
(I do plan to do the villa lobos etudes, However i would be really grateful for suggestions for technical work)
As for pieces i would usually play small "study" pieces but the only major pieces i can play(although not performance level) are Bachs prelude BWV 999 prelude from the cello suite , weiss's fantasie and am currently working on villa lobos prelude 1(Although i am struggling quite a bit
The biggest predicament i find myself in right now is getting an instrument. Classical guitars are almost non existent in even high end shops with a huge collection of Steinway and sons' pianos. There is a guitar luthier whos not very well known but hes well known in the local acoustic guitar circles and has made a dozen or so classical guitars too. He does not have any signature style and basically makes replicas using classic guitar plans such as the Hauser and Ignacio Fleta and generally asks for what woods and other specifications the customer would like and then builds to order. Due to the lack of playing availability i am at a total loss of what guitar i should order. My only way of comparing seem to be youtube videos and they honestly dont sound a lot different than each other(Probably because of the mp3 compression
) I would be eternally grateful if someone can help me with this. I just want a warm sound with good note separation. Projection is not an issue as i wouldn't be performing.( I really like how the torres guitars look though
All in all thank you for having me here and i look forward to learning a lot about this beautiful instrument from you guys all around the world!