Jun 16, 2022
In Classical Guitar Chat
I don't know is there a simple answer for this in general. Anyway I notice often that I'm thinking about upgrading my classical guitar. Maybe hoping to get nicer sound, possibly slightly lower action, some benefits from the finer finish etc. Of course there's also some general desire to consume, hehe. Probably trying out more expensive guitars would give some idea, like do you notice any difference that is worth the money or not. Unfortunately this is also somewhat difficult as the local guitar shops (or even other cities near by) don't really have any expensive or luthier made guitars in stock. I'm currently playing the same $500 Esteve I got 22 years ago as a teen.
Jun 13, 2022
In Classical Guitar Technique
When I was beginning classical guitar I liked to be strict about the distinction of i-m-a fingers playing treble strings and thumb bass strings (if just possible). Now I have noticed that my thumb sometimes jumps to third string (G) on it's own and it feels quite natural. On the other hand thumb on 2nd string (B) feels a bit awkward. I guess most sheet music has the thumb notes pointing downward and that's how the composer/editor thought it should be played. In this example (Zambra by Calatayud) there's few downward notes highlighted on the strings 2-3. Should I proceed practicing playing also that D (2nd string) with the thumb even if it's awkward? Or is this like a question of opinion and following the notation very strictly mostly pointless?
May 29, 2022
In New Members' Introductions
Hello I'm Eero, a 36 year old guitar player. I started guitar lessons when I was 11. The teacher was a pretty good classical guitarist but unfortunately I was only interested in rock/punk at that point so I just learned to play the chords etc. After on/off playing during my early adulthood my interest transferred to strictly classical guitar when I was 26 and got private lessons for few years. Unfortunately the last 10 years has had also some gaps in the practice. Sometimes I have lost motivation, or I have just been too busy with work or other things in life. At one point I also over-strained my left hand by consistently using too much force on my fretting hand and in the end it was just easiest to give up for six months and concentrate on other things. Currently I have been practicing actively last 8 months and seen some progress on many things like my arpeggio speed, left hand finger independence/control etc. My sight reading has also improved lately. It was already on quite good level, but I usually had problems on higher frets, but that has got easier now. My biggest struggle over the years without a teacher has been playing too difficult pieces and going nowhere because of that. Recently I tried to solve this by getting graded sheet music books (Roayl Conservatory of Music) and I have been selecting pieces from the books grade 5 and 6 at the moment. Hopefully I can also start getting irl private lessons again some time soon when my work and kid don't take so much of my time.