First of all, a huge
for all those who give of their time and energy to make this site and these lessons available.
I am self-taught using Volume 1 of Shearer's Classic Guitar Technique, but even though I have made it through the book (in theory) I cannot actually play anything, at least not well enough to perform it for anyone except maybe my wife. I therefore look forward to starting at the beginning here and unlearning the mistakes I have trained myself into repeating. It was humbling when the first exercises in lesson 1 were difficult to somewhat master...Shearer's book didn't teach stopping a string from vibrating and only treated rest stroke with the thumb almost in passing so these became an unexpected challenge.
I think part of my problem is that I cannot wait to get to the "real music" and thus I gloss over and quickly tire of the "boring" exercises. This became a familiar feeling when I encountered the petit minuit and at first I couldn't wait to get to whatever came next, but I checked myself and looked instead for the musicality in it. Somewhat to my surprise I eventually found it, or at least a shadow of it. I decided however that it ended too abruptly and decided to add a bit at the end. I trust that was OK. If any of my fellow students attempt to try the same ending be advised that I tuned my 6th string to D (as opposed to the standard E)