Thanks for visiting ART OF GUITAR! This website is, in part, an evolving online instruction manual—using articles, videos and interaction to create and hold a space of inspiration, support and challenge in service of your ongoing improvement. But there’s more. As a classical guitarist, teacher, and composer who also engages in other forms of creative expression, things can get a bit unpredictable! Enjoy!
Private Lessons, Skype and Children’s Lessons
Repertoire Courses and Basic Classical Guitar Mastery, Art and Illustration, Creative Writing
On my Musician’s website, JayKauffman.com, you can hear me play, and find Arrangements, Compositions and Performances
Do you believe the following statement?
“Some people are just supremely gifted at a certain art—they have a ‘musical mind,’ or they are a ‘natural artist,’ which is something they were ‘born with.’ Meanwhile, others weren’t born with ‘it.’ They have little talent, and therefore will never be much good.”
It’s an assumption that’s built deeply into our culture. But it falls apart in many ways under deeper reflection, and also under the gaze of scientific studies of creativity and how mastery is gained.
The common conception of talent deserves to be questioned. A lot.
To read more go to the article: The Art of Deliberate Practice: How to Use It and How to Avoid Its Pitfalls
Part two in this series is here: The Art of Deliberate Practice: Choosing What To Practice, When & How To Practice It
I really have no idea if my fellow classical guitarists will like this spooky bit of creative writing I did over the holiday. They (and when I say “they” I include me) are a picky bunch.
But for me it’s been a great way to explore my love of composing for my chosen instrument along with many of my complicated feelings about its place in the current culture. Among other things,I also really enjoy using storytelling and dialogue as a way to explore some of the deeper philosophical questions about music and life/death that have always intrigued me. This is the first of three parts.
“A crashing chord announces his full arrival. “I wish to humbly suggest….” says Ludwig van Beethoven, and strikes another chord….”the real reason that the classical guitar repertoire is fading!”
Chord, chord, chord.
“….and that would be its overall meekness!”
Piddly tinkling on the keys. Dramatic pause.
“So perhaps, my colleagues, when composing for the guitar, you need to stop settling for sweetish miniatures and shallow reflections of greatness!”
“Shallow reflections?” says Fernando Francisco Gaspar Tarrega Sanz y Sor, sounding appalled…
On JayKauffman.com: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525 Arranged for Solo Classical Guitar
It’s transcribed for the advanced classical guitar, from G Major into D Major. The Rondo in C is in G Major. If you’re a bit burned out on Sor and Giuliani and their ilk, it’s a lot of fun to play a great composer such as Mozart on the guitar. A worthy challenge for all!