Hi, folkies and music peeps !
its great to know soooooooooo many music lovers here, and guitar players ;-) . On my own I found to music via piano (7-8 years classical education + church organ 2-3 years).... when I was 17 (it was the 80th of last century) I had the gift to meet the 3 biggest guitar players that time, not personally, but within an open air concert listening to Al Di Meola, Paco De lucia and John Mclaughlin. What a memorial concert. So you know how I came to Indian music... yep.... Flamenco and John's Mahavishnu Orchestra + SHakti-Project opened me a new world of sound and culture..... so lovely..... 17 years later I got the chance to interview John for a 28 minutes TV special (pls dont think now that I play good guitar)... stunning.
On my own I do little bit self studying on guitars.... I have a semi accoustic TOKAI TES 100 JSB (built in 1986) together with an Ibanez UE4oo multi-effects and a classical guitar (which is nothing special).
I really trouble around with to play chords on guitar as I am used it on the piano more easily.... I cannot explain why (maybe something is wrong with my fingers of left hand *laugh*). Mainly I play just by listening and improvising on Jazz Tunes.... unconsciously I like to play scales as similar is known for Indian Ragas....
If somebody is hear knowing about Indian Classics would be great so I can learn about Raga scales. And hopefully there are some patient folks here to give support :-)
I love a lot the Mohan Veena of Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, same Debasish Bhattacharya (who played with John McLaughlin) or great Dr. Kamala Shankar who is lovely on stage with her hubby Pt. Rajeev Janardan (Sitar)... I know this couple and must say: so humble and devotional talking with them about music... :-) But this does not mean, I play good guitar *laugh*.
That's it ! - Hope that I can learn here a lot from others and more important, share my passion for music (my musical taste is very broad from Western Classics through Jazz/Blues, Heavy Metal/Hard Rock, Salsa to Tango etc. etc. etc. ...) So I love great guitar players like Django Reinhard, Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell, Stanley Jordon to West Montgomery, Joe Pass, George Benson and many more guitar heroes (e.g. Garry Moore)... :-)
;-) - Greetings from SM