I love playing the guitar because I enjoy making comforting music and entertaining my listeners.
I live in Chiba, Japan. I have been a guitarist for 56 years now. I started learning to play classical guitar on a steel-string guitar – which just happened to be in my home – when I was 14.
A year or so later, I bought an inexpensive nylon-string guitar. I was basically self-taught in my early years as a classical guitarist. I did have a teacher when I was 22 – but only for a year and a half.
When I was 55 years old, I picked up the guitar again after not playing for 15 years before that, and it was then that I decided to take lessons with a teacher. My lessons were intermittent, and during the coronavirus pandemic, I stopped taking lessons for three years.
I did eventually resume lessons in April this year, but only once a month. Playing the classical guitar is very much a hobby that I enjoy – I practise the guitar five days a week, for 30 minutes to 90 minutes each time.
I currently own a Vladimir Druzhinin guitar – a 2022, 650mm scale guitar with a spruce top and African rosewood back and sides. Do I have a favourite piece for the guitar? No! There are just too many good ones that I enjoy.
My favourite guitarists are Marcin Dylla and Irina Kulikova, though there are others whom I like, too.
My favourite composers are Fernando Sor and Francisco Tárrega, among many others.
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