Hello from Madison, Wisconsin, USA!

Possumtale

Hello from Madison, Wisconsin, USA!

Post by Possumtale » Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:28 am

I bought my first guitar with the money from my 8th grade graduation...40 years ago. At the time, I didn’t even realize It was a classical guitar. Nevertheless, I found an excellent instructor (I grew up in Chicago), and took lessons for the next five years. I moved to Wisconsin to go to University of Wisconsin in Madison. I found another instructor, but had a hard time affording lessons as a self-supporting college student. Once I became a parent, I put down the guitar altogether.
This past month, I got it in my head to ask for a new guitar for Christmas. It’s been a difficult year and I’m feeling the need to return to the things in life that make me happy. My husband and brother went in on the gift, which arrived just two weeks ago. I’ve been practicing everyday with enthusiasm. Just the basic left and right hand exercises, with a strong focus on form and technique. I’m relearning note reading slowly as well.
I’m a bit surprised and pleased to discover my hands must have some muscle memory. It probably helps to have a guitar better suited to my small frame than the one I first learned on. I plan to take lessons in person as soon as I find a local instructor I like. I’ve secured a few recommendations. In the meantime, I have been exploring what’s available online. The internet wasn’t a thing last time I played. I just discovered this forum and look forward to being an active member!

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Re: Hello from Madison, Wisconsin, USA!

Post by George Crocket » Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:30 am

Hi Possumtale. Welcome to the forum. Many of us have had long gaps in our guitar-playing histories. It is great that you have retained some of what you learned. With luck, more will come back in a short time.

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Re: Hello from Madison, Wisconsin, USA!

Post by CathyCate » Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:13 pm

Welcome Possumtale, and a belated but sincere Happy New Guitar Day!
I am certain you will find a good teacher in Madison and wish you all the best as you continue your classical guitar journey.
Cathy
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Re: Hello from Madison, Wisconsin, USA!

Post by Carlos » Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:11 am

Hi possumtale! Thank you for sharing this nice story.

I spent 3 months 15 years ago in Madison as an exchange student, it was a nice place!

Welcome on the forum, and all the best in you rediscovering of the guitar!

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