I have been playing classical guitar for 37 years. I started quite late at 30 years old, and began by reading a library book, but soon started taking local Junior College classes from a guitarist who had graduated from the Peabody Institute.
I first got interested at 18 when my cousin played a Segovia record for me -- I didn't know a guitar could sound like that!
I mostly play and listen to Classical and Romantic pieces, but like parlor music, like Joplin. I'm a decent sight reader, but cannot easily memorize the pieces.
I prefer solo guitar pieces by Sor, Aguado, Giuliani, Carcassi, and Carulli, but also like transcriptions non-guitar pieces by Bach, Mozart, Grieg, Ravel (OK, I like Impressionists, too), Debussey, Faure...
I come from a physics, mathematics, software engineering and chemistry background, so I am interested in the physics and mathematics of music and the construction of guitars.
I have 14 guitars, 12 classical. I have tried many combinations of soundboard and tone woods. I prefer spruce tops with either rosewood or palo escrito tone woods.
I am a retired technical director from a small Silicon Valley engineering company which produced satellite signal measurement software.