Today, the guitar is one of the most well known and commonly used instruments, loved for its versatility and portability. It can be heard in music of
all genres and has earned its place in the world of instruments.
Much of the respectability and omnipresence of the guitar hinges heavily on two 19th century Spanish men-- Antonio Torres, who innovated the original
design of the instrument to a more sonorous result (www.britannica.com...), and Francisco Tarrega, who had studied both guitar and
piano from a young age and who got his hands on one of the earliest Torres guitars when he was 22 years old.
The match between the Torres guitar and Tarrega proved to be harmonious and fruitful. Tarrega not only transposed the works of Beethoven, Chopin,
Mendelsshon, and others, but he also composed prolific original work for the guitar.
His bio reveals a wonderful story of a boy born to a flamenco guitarist, who was encouraged to play both guitar and piano (the respected instrument of
the day), who was sent to Barcelona at the age of 10 to study under the famous Julian Arcas, who chose not to return home from this tutelage but
rather to "run away" at 10 and play guitar in coffee shops and restaurants. His father was forced to fetch him several times after the boy ran off,
including one time with a band of gypsies in Valencia.
Read more of the master's life here: www.maestros-of-the-guitar.com...
Now for the fun part.. the music!
There are many other compositions to check out if you like this one.
Hope you're having a great day!
edit on 10-3-2019 by zosimov because: (no reason given)
What a gorgeous recording. Her version has a lighter touch, it is quite lovely. I don't blame you for being distracted, Drums.
Youtube algorithm brought Tarrega and many other artists I would never have known about to my attention. I am a bit hypocritical in my anti algorithm
information gathering stance when it comes to music, I must admit.
Have a good one, and good luck on those tutorials!
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I am so sick from Tarrega's Capricho, but I listened to Isabel's performance from the beginning to the end, and for my own listening pleasure...
Gracias Isabel guapa, tIenes un sentido increible, y muchisimo talento...
Since your thread died, I'll bump it with this.
Her technique is incredible....I can get the left hand, its the right hand that ends up killing me because I haven't practiced that picking technique
edit on 13-3-2019 by DrumsRfun because: fixed link
Incredible. She's so talented and very beautiful as well.
How about this one--Charo-- so over the TOP! I always kinda saw her as a funny caricature when I heard about her as a kid but recently found out that
she really can play! One more Recuerdos haha
It is that picking hand that is so impressive. She hardly looks like she's moving hers!
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