Hello from Kentucky

Japple
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Hello from Kentucky

Post by Japple » Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:32 pm

I’ve been trying to learn guitar for about 15 years but have been plagued with left arm issues. I have worked with several teachers, but mostly was just encouraged to work through the pain. 15-20 minutes a day is enough to lead to serious pain in a week or two. One time I ended up with tennis elbow and lost use of the arm all together for about six months.

I found classical guitar by looking guitars with less string tension. But I was soon encouraged by the concern for technique and posture. I have read Lee Ryan’s book and just started David Leisners. I also learn best with structure. So it seems a great fit.

I’m looking for a guitar and instructor in the Louisville Area. I might need to take online lessons, but would prefer 1:1. I have about 750 to spend on the guitar and playability is my number 1 concern, due to my arm issues.

I see this as my last shot at really becoming a guitar player and making music.

Thanks

Jim Apple
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Re: Hello from Kentucky

Post by Erik Zurcher » Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:33 pm

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Re: Hello from Kentucky

Post by Jack Douglas » Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:11 am

Japple wrote:
Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:32 pm
I’ve been trying to learn guitar for about 15 years but have been plagued with left arm issues. I have worked with several teachers, but mostly was just encouraged to work through the pain. 15-20 minutes a day is enough to lead to serious pain in a week or two. One time I ended up with tennis elbow and lost use of the arm all together for about six months.

I found classical guitar by looking guitars with less string tension. But I was soon encouraged by the concern for technique and posture. I have read Lee Ryan’s book and just started David Leisners. I also learn best with structure. So it seems a great fit.

I’m looking for a guitar and instructor in the Louisville Area. I might need to take online lessons, but would prefer 1:1. I have about 750 to spend on the guitar and playability is my number 1 concern, due to my arm issues.

I see this as my last shot at really becoming Aguilar player and making music.

Thanks

Jim Apple
Hi Jim,
I live in Virginia, but have a Classical Guitar friend that lives in Lexington. I know that he has guitar contacts in Louisville. Send me a PM (Private Message) and I’ll send you his contact information.
$750 won’t get you much of a Classical Guitar.
Have you consulted an orthopedic surgeon for your left arm issues. It may be something as simple as bursitis and a shot of cortisone will do the trick. Working through the pain is not a solution! Don’t!!
Best regards!!
Richard Brune 'Artist' Cedar/Brazilian 1996

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Re: Hello from Kentucky

Post by CarbonElitist » Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:44 am

Hey Jim, Welcome to the forum. Good luck on finding a teacher. As for classical guitars in that price range, you can't beat Cordoba when it comes to "bang for the buck".
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Re: Hello from Kentucky

Post by Japple » Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:25 pm

I don’t seem to be able to PM yet(error message about privileges), but thanks for the offer Jack.

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Re: Hello from Kentucky

Post by simonm » Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:33 pm

Japple wrote:
Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:32 pm
... I have worked with several teachers, but mostly was just encouraged to work through the pain ...
With that kind of advice, I am not sure i would call those folk "teachers". Are you sure they all had proper teaching qualifications/experience and were not just three-chord trick merchants who hung out a sign? My teacher's advice was "if it hurts, stop immediately" as otherwise you could do irreparable damage.

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Re: Hello from Kentucky

Post by Jack Douglas » Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:54 pm

Japple wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:25 pm
I don’t seem to be able to PM yet(error message about privileges), but thanks for the offer Jack.
You should see a message from me. Look up at the top and a red highlight ought to be there just to the left of your name...click on that to get to your messages..
Richard Brune 'Artist' Cedar/Brazilian 1996

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