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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


 



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About Allen Mathews

Allen Mathews learned guitar as an adult, and has been a full-time guitar teacher for almost two decades to students age 4 to 96.  He has taught classical guitar at Reed College and Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and has been a guest lecturer and clinician at schools and universities throughout the U.S.  Allen is often praised for his creative teaching abilities, and his dedication to helping adults learn classical guitar.  He has a popular Youtube Channel offering regular classical guitar tutorials, and has gained fans worldwide for his weekly emails and articles at ClassicalGuitarShed.com.


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