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A Dream

by Cliff
(Colorado)

I always wanted to play classical guitar from the time I was a child. I lived in Venezuela in the 1950's and my parents didn't realize my desire to play guitar. They actually got classical piano lessons for me from a close family friend when he saw my fingers move over the keys. He actually volunteered to teach me. It didn't last.

In those days in Venezuela, there weren't any classical guitar instructors, at least not where I lived.

It wouldn't be until the early 80's I was given the opportunity to take lessons from a close friend who was classically trained in guitar, specifically, the classical guitar. This only lasted about a year when he moved. Since there weren't any classical instructors close enough in distance or in the price range I could afford, I stopped playing again.

It wasn't until the mid to late 90's that I decided that if I was ever going to learn to play classical guitar, I would have to teach myself. I read everything I could on Segovia, Parkening, and technique, etc. I bought a very nice Pavan classical guitar and started teaching myself.

First I learned the fretboard, posture, finger and hand position using a mirror and then taught myself exercises and then started teaching myself small pieces of music. For a few years, I was practicing 4 to 5 hours a night, breaking each period of study into something different, whether exercises, or hand and finger rests, etc., etc., etc..

It was wonderful to watch myself actually progress at something I loved to do. The classical guitar is a wonderful instrument to play. It's a wonderful hobby if nothing else, and it does make you smarter, I believe.

Regrettably, I have had terrible difficulty getting my fingernails to grow properly and haven't played for a couple of years now. I take solace in the fact that I did accomplish a lifelong dream of learning to play this wonderful instrument, the classical guitar.

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Dec 12, 2009
Nail problems
by: George

I too, have had some severe nail problems lately(they have always been some problem). Every nail on my right hand (Pima & pinky) has torn, chipped and broken and all at once and repeatedly.

This was after many good months using "Nutra Nail #10" nail hardener...no breaks in that time...then this calamity...possible interaction with the #10?. I resist the idea of super-gluing fake nails to the natural nails...if only for the embarassment factor.

I am now working with "Alaska Piks" plastic finger picks; these are a unique design pick. Google them. Chose a selection of the available sizes and fit to each finger. They can be filed and shaped to suit, get extras for experimentation; one important aspect is getting the under nail segment of each to fit closely to the curve under the nail where it meets the flesh of the finger tip.

I filed that profile and thinned that cross-section to fit each finger as tightly as possible. They are not a perfect replacement and take some getting used to technique wise, but I am going to continue trying and working with them.

I have always struggled with nails...working on vehicles/home improvements/zippers all take their toll. Maybe these will keep me playing more. Good luck

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