So it seems like many of my colleagues are masters of some sort of social media. Classical guitar players are all over Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Each post is flooded with comments, questions and praise. Every day there appears to be more polished and fast players. More rockstars. More buzz around our instrument.
For us (classical musicians, mainly guitarists), the focus is generally to spend as much time as possible in the proverbial practice room. That includes literally practicing in a room, educating ourselves, attending/performing in masterclasses, taking lessons and so on... But does it include cultivating a list of hashtags to better promote your videos to an audience?
This isn't an attempt to diminish the skills or character of those who have a large social following. Rather, I think they have a unique vantage point. Classical guitar had never been in the spotlight compared to our electric brothers and sisters. It seems like the world is changing and our ever shrinking family is responding with different actions. Some of us are available by a tweet or a DM. This connects us to people we admire or wish to foster some sort of professional relationship. It also has the potential to alienate those who are not at the party.
What do you think? How does social media come into play with your music?
I just wanted to send a quick thank you to everyone who came to support the quartet as well as my flute and guitar duo. Thursday night was a lot of fun (and a huge program). Tonight's concert at Amy's was a great experience. Here are some photos!
A few people asked if they could see the flute and guitar duo outside of Hartt. Well I have some good news coming soon.
First, I would like to thank the staff at Music and Arts for hosting such a fun open mic for its students. Four of my own students played their performances included music in the first Hal Leonard book, beginner classical guitar repertoire and a medley of electric solos.
Performance is an essential part of learning and practicing art. Not only does it "test" what we know (I am rather reluctant to use that word), but it gives something of which to be proud. Many thanks to the families that came out that night.
This Saturday, March 12th I will be participating in a premiere of composer-in-residence Lisa Coon's piece, commissioned for guitar quartet. Anyone who is interested should stop by. We are performing at 7:30 P.M. More information can be found here.
The first of my master's recitals is coming up soon and I hope to see many of you there! Thanks and see you soon!
Yesterday Beller's Music of Manchester, CT, had special guest Steve Morse come in for a clinic!
Steve played through a song and talked mostly about technique and effective practicing. Steve had some volunteers come on stage to play for him. He critiqued their playing and gave them suggestions on how to become better players. This is something you don't really see in a lot of electric guitar clinics. They are usually just a shred-fest with intermittent questioning. This however was something a lot more special.
Steve was a wonderful performer and emphasized musicality over technique.
Last week's guitar festival at Hartt was a blast. I got a chance to meet some new people, study with great teachers and eat a ton of burgers.
This year was my first festival at Hartt. I got a chance to study with guitar legend Scott Tennant. What a privilege!
It was definitely helpful to get three different perspectives on my playing and repertoire. All three instructors stressed the importance of working with details while keeping the big idea of the piece alive.
The week was great and the experience will help me hit the ground running in the fall, at Hartt.
Last Tuesday, Backstage Pizza in West Hartford hosted an open mic for Music and Arts students. I had the pleasure of playing with Chris Bolton and Jon Dostuo. I also had a chance to snap some cool shots with the new camera.
I wanted to share with you some of the highlights I've had this past weekend.
I recently played in the pit for Hair at the Park Road Playhouse. I substituted for my friend Nick Cutroneo for the dates 6/12 and 6/13. Friday night was the opening show. It went very well and the crowd seemed to enjoy it! You can check out a review here.