Angel tuttitunes
Hey everyone!

My name's Angel. I'm twenty-nine years old. I hail from a small town called Dobson in the foothills of NC, about an hour and a half north of Charlotte right on the NC/VA border, but I did spend the first few years of my life growing up in Connecticut. I don't have kids, and I'm not in a relationship, but I do have two dogs, and they're simultaneously extremely annoying while also being the best things that have ever happened to me. 

Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I'm not saying that to contribute to the cliché of the "aspiring guitar god." My mom's side of the family has a lot of musicians in it - an uncle of hers, Toñin Romero, recorded traditional music (plenas, décimas, and aguinaldos) in Puerto Rico starting in the 1950s as did a few other members of her family. I grew up hearing all of that Puerto Rican goodness, as well as classical music and jazz and a plethora of other genres. Many of my earliest memories include these large family gatherings with all seven of my aunts and uncles, and many cousins, gathered with their various instruments (be it a guitar or an accordion or a piano or a small percussive instrument, or just their voice), jamming for hours and making the most harmonious cacophony you could imagine coming out of a large and happy Puerto Rican family.

I started taking classical piano lessons when I was 10, then studied two years towards a music major in college. Life happened, or more specifically, chronic illness, and I had to drop out of college for a while. It hampered my music studies for a few years, and I don't sound nearly as good on the piano now as I used to, but that'll change as I get back into a good practice routine. I've always been good at practice routines and I feel like that'll serve me well, especially as I go back to school this year to resume studying towards a bachelor's in music therapy.

As for guitar, I've always had an interest in it, especially given my family's preference for more acoustic instruments. I received a beautiful Gibson J-45 acoustic as a birthday present a few years ago and was so excited to start learning, but then I kinda just let it sit there because honestly, I got intimidated. Then a few months ago, I came into ownership of two Puerto Rican cuatros (a cuatro is a ten-stringed lute tuned in five courses, and is a traditional stringed instrument in Puerto Rico). One of them needs work done by a luthier, but the other is ready to play. The thing is, I'm not ready to play it.

So that's why I'm here. I've been watching Tyler's videos for a while, and I decided to make the plunge and give myself a gift that I deserve - high-quality music lessons from someone who knows what they're talking about. I'm willing to put in the work, and I'm excited to get to know everyone else here. Hopefully we'll all be able to share in our journey to create some awesome music.
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