I have been studying classical guitar since retiring three years ago, taking weekly private lessons, except summers, in NYC.
I first discovered guitar as a child, first as a plastic toy, then as a succession of acoustics, and then, as a teenager, in a number of electrics...including Fender Telecaster made in America, and a Rickenbacher 360 Fireglo that I still have. I had a garage band growing up and spent way too much time in basements and garages with friends--one on drums, one on bass, one on another guitar -- the usual Beatles configuration. None of us could sing a lick of course. I never took a lesson, played largely "by ear" and eventually became dissatisfied with just chording and picking out lead-guitar riffs. Regrettably, I sold the Telecaster when I went away to college. I didn't have a guitar again until my second graduate school program,
when my classmates, discovering both that I played, and that I didn't have a guitar, bought me a steel-string acoustic Yamaha as a wedding present. This got me going again, but I again reached a point of dissatisfaction with what I was able to do and was playing less and less. Then, a few years ago, I found a nearby classical guitar teacher who made house calls and bought a Yamaha GC41 classical on-line for $1,700. My study then was mainly focused on Sor etudes, but I eventually grew dissatisfied with that process as well, and after a year again put study aside for another couple of years. Finally, after retiring, I realized I would need to travel to New York City to find a well-qualified teacher. Fortunately I found one. My progress since has sometimes been painfully slow (no fault of my teacher"s) and is complicated by the physical ailments, like arthritis, that come with age, but I am pretty serious about it and practice every day, sometimes several hours a day, although of course not all at once! During this last period of increasingly serious study I have frequently found myself, at the end of a Google Search on a guitar-related topic, at the Delcamp message board---there is so much useful information on it! I look forward to greater participation as a member.