I started playing guitar when I was 15 years old but unfortunately studying and work got in the way until I was middle aged. I then purchased on impulse a Martin DM I can’t remember why but it sounded nice. However, again through other priorities it’s been in storage until recently.
I am now retired I have been able to start practicing again since the beginning of this year. I have been luckier enough to have a very good British tutor who has enormous patience with me.
In addition, my nephew came to visit us 2 years ago after completing a part time course in guitar making. As I wanted to give him some encouragement I commissioned him to make me an acoustic guitar. I’m still waiting Greg!
This has led me into the fascinating world of guitar construction and it has almost become an obsession. Don’t tell my tutor but I probably spend more time researching guitars and their makers than actually playing them.
As Greg is going to make me an acoustic guitar I want to at some stage to obtain a good quality classical guitar. I bought a very basic classical guitar recently for practicing and to get used to wider fret board which was completely alien to me. Whilst its is serving its purpose well and is perfect for a travel guitar I want to obtain a better quality instrument.
At the moment I am researching European luthiers and have been trying to understand a little more the difference between a luthier built classical guitar and a factory built one. I recently had an email from Thomas Dauge who gave me a very clear explanation on the difference and I hope to pursue this further with him when I can.
My musical influences are varied and started when I attended UK folk clubs in the 60’s and my heroes at that time were Bert Jansch and John Renbourn. I also enjoyed listening to James Taylor and still do attending his concerts whenever I can. I also enjoy the music of John Williams
My latest favourites though are David Jaggs and Andrew York. My tutor is rather good too.