Guitar
History &
Literature


Guitar
History &
Literature

Why Study History and Literature?

Some students think they can become great musicians by merely practicing everyday. A daily practice routine is extremely important, but there is more to music than grinding your ax. A knowledge of music history and literature gives your repertoire a historical and stylistic context. Why is knowledge of this context important? Technique and interpretation differ from each culture, historical era, composer and musical genre. For example, Bach's phrasing, balance and ornamentation differ considerably from that of Tárrega. Knowledge of the unique characteristics of a style has a major impact on the success of your practice and, ultimately, your performance.

Here are Professor Peter's writings on guitar history and literature.

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