"louzao" from 1998:
predecessor of the spanish guitar.
Spanish guitar is a challenging musical instrument for every
It delivers a world of musical possibilities, (polyphony,
melody, tone, etc) but as we reach those possibilities we
find out there are surprises:
Polyphony is rather limited and particular to each instrument,
the guitar's 'singing' capacity is not as 'intense' as we
imagined in the first place, plus we discover a difficulty
in projecting the many tonal 'subtleties' to listeners, etc.
composer is faced with a very cryptic instrument with many
The interpreter, in order to 'build' a masterpiece though
a guitar, must perfectly dominate all technical matters. The
instrument is not permissive by any means; even the easiest
pieces in guitar's repertoire introduce typical guitar problems:
zero tolerance with imprecise fingering when playing, difficulty
trying to achieve an equal legato, dire opportunities to obtain
control in a play's dynamics and little 'sustain' when it
comes to melody and prolonging certain required notes in some
into account what's been said so far, we could ask ourselves:
What makes the instrument so charming for most individuals?
Or What possibilities DOES it offer over other instruments?
I dare to say that the second question is easier to answer:
the Guitar is a portable instrument, able to perform the role
of a harmonic base better than any other, except for the piano;
it also provides the opportunity to play with melody, harmony
and rhythm, that is, all elements of music. It allows us to
use various tunings and play different musical styles.
And that possibly begins to answer our first question; the
guitar is deeply connected to most popular cultures. It is
an approachable instrument that we can embrace while we get
to listen to the warmest and most beautiful tones
it is in these 'colors and tones' that we can begin to find
the major portion of the answer.
in this situation, the luthier should be able to create an
instrument that, while maintaining it's virtues, helps solve
some of the instrument's problems (or characteristics)
Pursuing this utopia I encounter myself and many other colleagues,
walking through this path full of challenges.
To our advantage, we have the immense pleasure we obtain from
building guitars and from the possibility of creatively playing
and experimenting with an instrument that has not seen its
last improvement yet
The new millennium's guitar is 'in labor' and it is this generation
of luthiers role to help with the delivery