May 7th, 2014

flavguitarpark

tuffguitar

Today, lessons, guitar practice and, in the evening, the Tuffguitar meet-up -my pupils meet to play together at a café in Tufnell Park.

This is something I should have got going a long time ago but, as with so many things, the weight of previous experience had prevented me from doing it. I had been part of the board of the Venezuelan Classical Guitar Society in the '80s, helping organise concerts, scripting a weekly radio programme and doing other things of that sort. I found that very few people helped but everybody had an opinion on exactly how bad I was running things. So, I was as bit reluctant to start anything remotely like a guitar society. At the initiative of a pupil, my adult pupils started meeting around once a month sometime last year. They just talk guitar a bit, I give them some ensemble music and conduct a bit, we have a coffee. It works, it has, I beieve, made the guitar learning go from a solitary endeavour to a shared hobby (yes, for pretty much all of them it is a hobby, not something they may aspire to get money or make their living from), to bind with people with similar (albeit never identical, which is part of the fun) interests.

Now, the pupil that started the whole thing has decided she no longer has time or energy to run this thing so it is me doing pretty much all the work. It's worth the while and it is not too much, but inner flavio from the '80s keeps telling me 'I told you so....'