My name is Lawrence and I’ve been playing guitar for about 45 years. I was originally inspired to play steel string guitar by listening to Leo Kottke, but had difficulty learning to play his music with the resources available in the pre-internet world. So, I decided to study classical guitar, first independently, and then with a number of instructors in order to learn to read music and to develop the skills necessary to play fingerstyle guitar. Admittedly an odd trajectory, but it worked well for two decades (with some gaps). I enjoyed playing many of the standard classical repertoire with a particular interest in Villa Lobos, which eventually lead me to Bossa Nova. By the mid 90’s there was an explosion of transcriptions available for Leo Kottke, and later Tommy Emmanuel and many others that allowed me to explore the fingerstyle genre that had originally inspired me. However, this time I had the skills from playing classical guitar that allowed me to learn this music quite quickly. After retiring two years ago, I recently purchased a Cervantes Master Rodriguez that has inspired me to not only relearn some of the classical repertoire and Brazilian jazz that I had played previously, but to explore some new pieces by Andrew York such as Andecy, Home and Sunburst. Looking forward to participating in the forum.
Cervantes Rodriguez Signature, European Spruce/Cocobolo, 2018