QUOTE(JME @ Aug 30 2011, 09:34 AM)
Hi Jonathan, welcome. I assume from your e-mail you already play the guitar, so not sure what grade you would start at.
Rather like Nigel, I started with grade 5, and did grades 6 and 7 later within that 12-month period. Having been self-taught as a teenager, on a steel-string, I converted to classical and found myself a teacher to help with this. Was preparing for grade 8, but thanks to a broken left wrist, it probably won't be this year now.
Although the ABRSM exams weren't new to me (as I once played the clarinet), I found the exam experience really valuable. It forces you to perfect your pieces, whereas it's all too easy to fool yourself that you can play something when you really can't! I don't know whether you are self-taught or have a teacher, but I think I would find it hard to progress beyond an intermediate standard without one.
There aren't many guitarists on this forum, so it's good to hear from you, and please let us know how you get on.
JME - That's exactly how I started, self taught as a teenager - and I guess thousands of others too!!!
Sorry to hear about your broken wrist. I would have thought that playing the guitar would be good therapy as long as you don't overdo it.
I completely endorse your suggestion regarding a teacher. I know I wouldn't have progreseed as far as I did without mine.
QUOTE(Mad Tom @ Aug 30 2011, 10:31 AM)
Well I have been learning now for 5 days, and I love it. But don't know if I will take any grade exams.
It is nice to play such a simple instrument (compared with the mechanical complexity of a piano). There seem to be more components in the action of a single note on the piano than in a whole guitar.
Glad you are enjoying the guitar.
You make an interesting point - I love the intimacy of the guitar and the way that just your fingers can change the whole sound. I also love feeling the guitar's reverberations as I play.
The Bill Evans piece "Waltz for Debby" I mentioned a while ago is coming along really well - I'm still completely obsessed by it, even though Ralph Towner's arrangement for guitar is a tad difficult!
Keep Pickin' and a Grinnin' !!!!