I'm Jim. 56 yrs young, lived and breathed guitar (mostly acoustic/steel finger picking) from age 14-22. Then, went to work, raised a family... moved along in life, so many things.
I hardly picked up a guitar for 30+ years.
Had a most wonderful life.
Kids are all grown up, and my wonderful father (really)... who wife/I had living w/us in recent years (he had Parkinsons, but sharp as a pistol) recently passed on.
So many things behind me, and I'm all grown up now. I've aquired some reliable discipline, knowingness, and love of life along the way.
My one (really) regret in life: that I didn't follow through w/guitar playing back then. So, I've been picking it up in recent months, a lot... and find I hear better (more clearly), much better focus in every way, soooo much.
So then, now... I've begun looking at building a more fundamental foundation for playing/music, going forward. I've taken a couple lessons from a local (I live in Albuquerque, very big classical/Flamenco presence & tradition here) Flamenco player/teacher... found out that what I thought was my excellent technique, well... not so much.
Working on that quite a bit. My fingering had index/middle finger "spread" is increasing daily. I measure it in millimeters.
I know scales, but not complete. I know some progressions... but my knowledge only takes me to teaser levels there.
I've been looking online for weeks, all kinds of places. Read "Course Recomendations" post from these forums... some suggestions in there I'll take a look at. "Caged Cracked" and "Fingerboard Breakthrough"... I'll take a good look there.
FWIW, I never learned to read music. Had a MOONSTONE acoustic custom built in '78, became a decent finger picker. Could rip off a lot of Bert Jansch, "Little Martha", some Kotke and then off to some (back then) very enjoyable and satisfying compositions built on that stuff. Played w/some guys (all acoustic) that recreated Grateful Dead's acoustic Radio City Music Hall concert (that stuff still sounds like gold to me). I played Jerry's part.
I'm physically fit as a fiddle, clear eyed, know how to get things done.
So anyway, that's just a little bit of who I am.
I had a custom software biz w/my dad for 15 years, developed a lot of "detail minded" ways of doing things there (if any programmers out there, you'd understand).
I'm intent on re-creating my guitar skills, from ground up, w/this "who I am" grounding.
My guitar heroes are... Jorma Kaukonen (acoustic), Michael Hedges, Jerry Garcia (when he was inspired, God bless him), Mark Knopfler... to name a few.
I just want to play some... no aspirations to perform (although I may locally), just to get where I can play... satisfyingly.
I am intrigued by Howard Morgan's "Fingerboard Breakthrough". It says on the bottom of TF page, it comes in DATA-DVD format... but does not play on DVD Player. Hmmm... what is this format. Do I need TF's "interactive video player" for this format? Could somebody explain?
I've also been through, and am considering, rolling the dice w/some downloads from Guitar College (eg: www.guitarcollege.net). Looking, in particular, at the "theory and technique" courses.
From their FAQ page, this:
Well, that's me.WHO IS OUR TYPICAL STUDENT?Generally, he's over 40, played in a band in high school or college, stopped playing for a family and career and now he's rediscovered the joy of guitar playing. He's started practicing again and maybe even bought a nice instrument or two. But his tastes have changed, he's heard some of the new jazz and fingerstyle players and discovered their predecessors. He'd like to learn to play music that doesn't require a band, bar or dance to perform. Now he's more interested in either playing solo, with a friend or two, with a small jazz combo or on a worship team.
He's ready to study guitar and this time he wants to do it right! He's no longer satisfied with only learning chords to a Stones tune or playing the intro licks to 20 songs. He would like to fill the holes in his playing and musical education, develop his skills and confidence, expand his repertoire and reach a level where he can teach himself and enjoy the rewards from his playing.It's difficult for him to commit to a scheduled guitar lessons from a local teacher every week, take group lessons at the college or put his life on hold to study at a guitar school. He wants affordable, quality guitar instruction and music education with the flexibility to study at home, office or maybe even when he travels, basically at his convenience.
Anyone done these courses... comments?
Ok, that's probably a mouthful enough from me. Appreciate any feedback/comments.