Hi all -
New to this site, and to playing the style, though I've loved listening to it for years.
Background: I haven't picked up a guitar with any real intent in 35 years, though I played quite a bit as a kid.
I'm nearing 50 now. From a lot of daily practice, and body memory, I'm getting back the ability to more or less smoothly move through at least most of the "Core 26" as described in Mickey Baker's book, and towards handling the rhythm progressions in many of the GJ books I've been studying, pretty assiduously, for about a month now (working Gypsy Picking, S. Wrembel's intro book, JJ's intro book, L'Esprit Manouche, some theory workbooks, in addition to the Baker book). I am spending easily 30 minutes in warmup, and always, I try to ensure as much relaxation as possible, everywhere. I practice about 5-6 hours daily.
To my question: I've got a Blue Ridge BR-40, dreadnought. I've seen varying opinions on this question here - but didn't see anything related to an older player coming to the style. Is there any harm - or, indeed, is there a positive benefit - from training for the style on a "stiff" guitar, relative to a GJ model? Strengthening hands and fingers, making them responsive (esp. when moving to silverwound strings, at a later date) or merely making them stiff and unresponsive? Etc.
Hope the query is clear. My bent is to push too hard, and I really don't want to end up ruing choices made now with a long hiatus from learning this wonderful musical style, due to long-term potential for damage.
Fantastic site. Thanks for any thoughts.
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