So happy that we have this new Tonebase group - Carlevaro's School of Guitar Group. The discussion thus far has been centered around setting up the Discussion Group, so now I would like to build upon that and ask those interested to share with the Group, your experience with Carlevaro's School of Guitar. It would be interesting to learn who may have studied with Carlevaro directly or indirectly with one of his students, who have tried to learn Carlevaro's technique on one's own, and those who are new to Carlevaro.
I was fortunate to have met Maestro Carlevaro in 1978, initially in San Francisco and later that year in Madrid where I had the opportunity to perform for him in a Masterclass. Between 1980 - 1983, I spent approximately one-year taking private lessons from him in Montevideo, Uruguay. I was also his US Agent from 1982 - 1989, arranging his US concerts and masterclasses during which time I continued to study with him. I also considered the Maestro and his wife Vani, dear friends, who stayed in my home during his many visits to San Francisco. While my career took me away from the guitar in the 1990s, and 2000s, I have returned to guitar in the last few years and am dedicated to re-learning Carlevaro" School of Guitar and hope to share and learn from you all.
I thought you all might enjoy seeing a photo of Carlevaro and his wife, Vani, with me and my daughter in San Francisco in 1983. It was during this trip that he gave the premiere of his Concerto for Guitar and String Quarter with the Kronos Quartert.
I was also enough fortunate to study with master Alvaro Pierri, one of Carlevaro's illustrious student, during my Bachelor degree but I never had the chance to met Carlevaro himself. I started studying the SoG by myself before going to College where for 2 years I had the chance to study with a teacher familiar with the SoG and well-known for preparing students for master Pierri. Ultimately, while not being a strict adherent of the SoG, I must say that I'm definitely from this school of thinking. Undeniably the way I play was strongly influenced by Carlevaro's concepts.
For sure this is a great source of knowledge, and I'm happy to be able to access it.
I started my studies in the Carlevaro technique in 1982, and I had 3 maestros, all of them Carlevaro's students: Nestor Ausqui, Eduardo Castañera, and Krishna Salinas Paz. With Eduardo, I studied from 1982 to 1985, always with a focus on the technical issue, more technique than repertoire. I think I built my guitar skills at this time. After some years (8, more specifically) away from the guitar I took up the practice again and all the gestures were there. For me, that's the key to understanding Carlevaro's School. Instead of some exercises organized by order of difficulty, we have a program to acquire skills, gestures, and abilities, because we are different from each other and our path to acquire a good level of technique may be really distinct. Something that works for me may not work for another. For that, an orientation is - IMO - strongly recommended.
I'm an enthusiast of the Carlevaro's School, and 41 years after I began, I still practice with the cuadernos.
Hi. My name is Jason & I am from Malta. I am 51 and have been playing classical guitar for 5 years and consider myself a late beginner technically. I first came across Maestro Carlevaro's work a few weeks ago on Tonebase & watched the workshop of Maestro Alfredo earlier this week and was very interested in his work especially on the left hand. I managed to get hold of the 4 didactic cuadernos but have noy been able to get hold of the SoG as it appears out of print. Any ideas on how to obtain a copy. Thank you.
It is so great to see our little group growing. I am excited about the journey we will be taking together as we explore Carlevaro's School of Guitar. One point that I want to make, which sometimes gets lost in discussions about Carlevaro's school of technique and his compositions, is what an amazing artistic performer and virtuoso he was. His live performances were absolutely amazing! My first experience with Carlevaro was seeing him perform in Berkeley, California in 1978 and I was completely blown away with his performance.
I love these two quotes about Carlevaro's playing,
" Carlevaro, who has learned the true value of technique, played with warmth, ingenuity, and intense musicality." Calgary Herald, Alberta, Canada
"An impeccable, sure, and richly modulated style of playing in the service of a noble and interpretive feeling." La Prensa, Barcelona