If you could master the technique of any guitarist, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Imagine for a moment, closing your eyes, strumming that first note, and when you open them, you have the impeccable technique of one of the world's most iconic guitarists. A thrilling thought, isn't it?
This week, let's ponder on this very dream: If you could master the technique of any guitarist, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Would you dive into the soulful touch of Segovia, the infinite color palette of Julian Bream? Perhaps the perfect tremolo of David Russel? Or would you choose to resonate with Paco de Lucía's flamenco mastery?
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What draws you to this particular guitarist's technique? Are there specific videos or performances that encapsulate their prowess for you? How do you think adopting their technique would influence your own musical journey?
Remember, it's not just about skill, but the emotion, the legacy, and the story behind each string maestro that makes them unforgettable.
Can't wait to hear whose guitar genius you'd like to embody for a day!
It’s a cliche but definitely Bream. He was, above all, a great musician but one with his feet on the ground. He put on airs and graces in his accent but there was still a touch of the london cockney who grew up in a pub.
I was once fortunate enough to be at a recital where he was playing Dowland Lachrimae Pavane and rather appropriately the lady in front of me died during the performance. Ghoulish perhaps but I can’t think of a better way to go.
he may not have had the flare of other guitarists nevertheless his ability to express the music of the great composers was phenomenal. Perhaps because his main formal musical study was the piano with its wealth pedagogical tradition behind it.
Adding to my admiration, he was a wonderful patron of luthiers and young guitarists and therefore influential in the development of the instrument and playing. And what a legacy of music written for him has been left for us all to enjoy.
no disrespect to David Russell who told me the other day that I was his first student - and definitely his worst student too.
Such a difficult question. There are so many fantastic players and I've only heard a fraction of them. Cinzia Milani, totally unknown to me till recently is up there in the top few, so is Marcin Dylla, Alec Holcomb. So many of the recent competition winners are awesome. Many of the newer players a better than some of the previous big names both in terms of technique and musical interpretation. Newer players learn from the previous players and improve on it. Segovia set a new bar at his time and opened doors and pushed the guitar to new heights. We all owe him for that, but in todays group of players, technically he would be left far behind - I know I'll get some flac from that, just my opinion though.
Without question, Paco de Lucia. His masterful technique and his musical genius allowed him to play flamenco and classical equally superbly, and the way he envisioned music inspired awe. His interpretations of the music of Manuel de Falla, his recording of Rodrigo's Aranjuez, and his journeys into fusion flamenco jazz were phenomenal and set the stage for all who followed. I met him briefly at the home of René Heredia in Denver in the late 1970's. He left an impression on me that has not faded to this day.