Greetings from Scotland, UK

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Greetings from Scotland, UK

Post by DickWall » Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:33 pm

My name is Dick Wall. I'm a 64 year old chap living in the Scottish Borders. I've messed around on the guitar for 40 years but few lessons.
I took a few lessons in my youth but now just play chords. Recently I picked up a short piece the Preludio No 8 by Chopin.

It's such a fantastic piece - a single but most beautiful idea. An unbelievably sweet tune that dances in front and behind it's harmonies. It's often used as a film metaphor for "posh music". But is is 16 bars of small but perfectly formed delight. So I'm here looking for others. Might take some on-line lessons who knows.

I love lot's of classical music, Jazz, rock and pop. I'm also keen on Scottish Dance music and our heritage of Gaelic and vernacular music. I rather think that vernacular music can often bring such powerfully emotional and tunes, like the Chopin piece, the lack of a huge designed structure means the whole thing has got to make you love it in 8 or 16 bars. That and the closeness of vernacular to dance also makes for great tunes whther thay are from the Scottish Hebrides or the Sahel.

I also ruin perfectly good tunes on a tin whistle but it amuses me.

I'm reasonably proficient on MuseScore so always happy to consider collaborations to deliver more open source sheet music. Don't really like TAB as it just seems like a distraction.

I came here to find some sheet music for Claire De Lune. I rather suspect it might be beyond me but happy to have a look. I saw this and was rather blown away.

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Re: Greetings from Scotland, UK

Post by Erik Zurcher » Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:38 pm

Hello Dick and welcome to Delcamp forum! Enjoy yourself and see you around!

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Re: Greetings from Scotland, UK

Post by Jason Kulas » Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:10 pm

Welcome. If you're interested, there are free Classical lessons here. You can get feedback on your progress from other players. If you take all the courses, it's the equivalent of 6yrs of music school. If you take the optional final exams, apparently it has official status in France, and would count towards your entrance requirements if you were to apply to study music there. The forum for the classes is: viewforum.php?f=41 . The post about registering is: viewtopic.php?f=41&t=54023 . And the FAQ about the course is: viewtopic.php?f=41&t=62687

The classes here don't seem to teach basic music reading, or some basic info about beginner Classical guitar use. You may want to supplement the lessons here with extra reading/explanatory/pictorial material. I like the very popular "Solo Guitar Playing" book/CD series by Frederick Noad (includes teaching how to read music, and detailed explanation of technique). Noad gets you quickly into playing some musically pleasing practice pieces. You may also want additional explanatory/instructional videos. I like the free ones at (includes teaching how to read music in his free book, and detailed demonstration of technique). The Noad is my favorite of all the beginner approaches I've looked at, but they all offer something unique and valuable, and all have their fans.
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Re: Greetings from Scotland, UK

Post by James Lister » Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:57 am

Welcome to the forum Dick! My parents live in the borders (Newcastleton) - very nice part of the country, although the highlands are my favourite destination in Scotland.

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Re: Greetings from Scotland, UK

Post by Conall » Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:37 pm

Welcome fellow Scot.
There is indeed a wealth of Gaelic / Scottish folk music out there.... waiting to be arranged for guitar and frankly more suitable for guitar than the much more complicated piano pieces you mention.
Your ability to play chords might help you to arrange folk tunes for the guitar. Sometimes all that's needed to imply harmony are the bass notes of chords.

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