Hello again. . .a new introduction


Hello again. . .a new introduction

Post by lifewithasong » Thu Sep 17, 2015 12:08 am

Hello everyone. I was a member here until recently, and then somehow, I was logged out and unable to log back in, so I've altered my username and registered again at the suggestion of the FAQ (e-mails to admins for login help have apparently been disabled, hence my re-registration).

I’ve been studying and playing the guitar nearly continuously for the past thirty-three years, and have covered several styles, but always come back to my beloved classical guitar! I started like many people I know by taking lessons at a local music store when I was eleven, and fortunately my first teacher believed in learning to read music, so that carried me for a few years until I started taking serious classical lessons with a retired violinist while in high school. This teacher truly encouraged me as a musician, but unfortunately taught me some faulty technical habits, and these problems meant that when I went to college to audition for the guitar chair, I was placed back into “basic” lessons with a graduate student--a very patient teacher himself who endured my desire to do other things besides practicing. This “back-placement” sort of discouraged me, I was young and wanted to have fun, and was more devoted to my studies for becoming a mental health counselor, so I put the guitar away for the next eight years while I worked towards graduation and then a masters degree.

Although I did discover archtops and jazz music in the meantime some years after this, one night in 1999, I was listening to an old tape I had made of several guitar concertos back in the late eighties, and the sound of the classical guitar took me back to those years when I was first falling in love with it! Pretty soon I located a local teacher who helped me work on technique for about eight months until I had completely overhauled what I had learned from the first teacher, and I went on to study and play seriously for another eight years. In the meantime, I was also continuing to nurse the call to play jazz, and so that has been a major source of inspiration up to the present for what I have been playing over the past several years.

So here I am coming back to Delcamp after joining several years ago and letting my membership lapse due to other commitments, and ironically, I come here now as I just had to let go of one of my favorite guitars to help raise money for a coming move to live where I have always wanted to--near the wilderness where I plan to have a place with my wife where people can come to get away from the cares of life for a while, and draw closer to the more basic elements of life. But I still have a great little old guitar--a Framus from the sixties--that I bought for seventy dollars several years ago and glued back together, and it’s a great little instrument that will serve me well until I can get something nicer again.

So I am hoping that joining again will help me get back into playing and enjoying the classical guitar! Thank you! :)


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Re: Hello again. . .a new introduction

Post by Erik Zurcher » Thu Sep 17, 2015 6:40 am

Hello Greg and welcome back to Delcamp forum! Feel free to join discussions or start a new topic. Enjoy yourself and see you around!

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