Crazy in New Jersey

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Crazy in New Jersey

Post by glycan » Mon Sep 28, 2015 4:24 pm

Crazy in New Jersey,

Initially, the electric guitar was my main way of life starting at 11. Metallica, Slayer, Pantera and Megadeth were the top 4 guitar riff masters that caught my attention. I feverishly practiced their riffs with much enjoyment for about year. By the age of 12, I was already bored with this repertoire and mentioned it to my electric guitar (Jazz) teacher. He asked, “what do you like about heavy metal music?” I liked the changes in tempo and the contrast between light and dark. He exclaimed, “Buy an Andres Segovia cassette”. The intimate guitar was my first tape from Segovia and his playing changed my perception of the guitar and music itself. The first track Bouree by Weiss captivated me emotionally and intellectually from that day on I knew classical guitar was my future! Unfortunately, I was not trained on any classical guitar method or had extensive training via teacher. The extent to my playing solely relied on ear and sight reading.

From a small town pre internet, acquiring a teacher or any materials regarding the classical guitar was quite difficult especially at the age of 12. I fumbled through techniques and manage to play many pieces. Unfortunately, by the age of 22, my playing was considered horrid to a seasoned classical guitar performer and was told I would have to relearn the classical guitar. By then, I changed my area of study to Science and put the guitar down.

Currently 38 , I am a recent “born again” classical player coming off a 16 year absence with an exceptional Peabody graduate as a mentor. The internet has opened a wealth information that had been out my reach as a teenager. Unfortunately, this wealth of information can be simply too much information. I elected a teacher in efforts to reinvent myself as a player and finally to share and understand the musicality of this great instrument with others. Thanks, Joe C

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Re: Crazy in New Jersey

Post by Erik Zurcher » Mon Sep 28, 2015 4:25 pm

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Re: Crazy in New Jersey

Post by lagartija » Mon Sep 28, 2015 5:04 pm

Hello, Joe, welcome to Delcamp! I think getting a teacher was the best first step you could have taken to shorten the time until you play the music you wish to play. A teacher is great at keeping you from going down those dead ends that you discovered as a teen.
This is a great place to come for support....lots of members here have traveled a path similar to yours and there are a lot of experienced teachers and players here as well. Feel free to join in on the conversations and I hope to see you often around the Forum! :bye:
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