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Fredric Chopin on the Beauty of the Classical Guitar

 

While the origin of this quote is dubious at best, it’s still a good one. Whether the great pianist/composer actually said it or not, it still rings true.

We create entire universes around guitar:

  • all the thoughts about our practice
  • what we “should” be doing, or able to do
  • all the fine details in our pieces
  • what we want vs. what we have
  • and on and on and on.

There’s so much surrounding our guitar practices, that it’s easy to forget to actually listen.

The guitar IS beautiful. It’s personal. It’s tactile. It’s intimate. It’s sensual.

Now and then, when we re-discover guitar, as if for the first time, me may be surprised or taken aback.

Like people who work in beautiful places who forget to look around, we may sometimes forget to hear.

When we do take a moment of appreciation, we can remind ourselves why we do all this work. We can reconnect with the payoff of striking a string, with the satisfaction of making a sound.

And accurate listening is one of the habits that set the best musicians apart from the amateurs. But we don’t have play for decades to master this. We just have to remember to listen. And listen without prejudice or expectation. To listen honestly. Over and over again.

 


“Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, save perhaps two.”

Fredric Chopin


 



allen mathews classical guitar

Hi, I’m Allen Mathews. 

I started as a folk guitarist, then fell in love with classical guitar in my 20’s.  Despite a lot of practice and work with teachers, I still couldn’t get my music to flow well.  I struggled with excess tension.  My music sounded forced.  And my hands and body were sore after playing.  I was frequently frustrated, and couldn’t see the way forward.  Then I studied with two stellar teachers –  one focused on the technical, and one on the musical.  In time, I came to discover a fundamental set of formulas and movements. These unlocked my playing, and brought new life and enjoyment to my practice. Now I help other guitarists find more comfort and flow in their music, so they play more beautifully.


Great advise here. I find I am taking more time with the pieces than I would have in the past as I am focusing on the technique you have taught me. It is slower going at first but has fewer frustrations, is easier and sounds better in the end.


-Karen Richardson

Great Work!!!  I thank you sincerely for all the effort you have put in and the terrific work you do for the classical guitar community.


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