Stegzy's Music Project

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Guitar Favourites – Norbert Kraft [#562]

71dXBWuSKZL._SX522_When I was studying for an A Level in Music Performance my old college friend Min decided that rock guitar was “so last year” and turned his guitar playing skills from the electric to the classical guitar. I have to say, he was bloody good at both.

I’ve had loads of guitar playing friends over the years and, he’d probably hit me for awarding him such an accolade, but on this side of the celebrity curtain, I’d say Min was definitely the most talented of the lot. Of course, yet to see Jim play Asturias, Malagueña Salerosa  or Recuerdos de la Alhambra so that could change.

After many months practice Min managed to play Asturias with all the dexterity and finger twiddly of an accomplished guitarist almost, but not quite, like John Williams or Narcisio Yepes. Of course having spent many hours listening to him practice, the tune stuck in my head and, as a result, when I saw todays album in the bargain basket in WH Smith, I snaffled it.

Norbert Kraft is one such accomplished guitarist and I would wager he could out twiddle John Williams in a twiddle off. But then I suppose that’s like comparing Matt Howden with Nigel Kennedy. On this album, Kraft twiddles his way through 19 tracks of classic Classical classical guitar melodies effortlessly, though if a little allegro instead of vivace in places.

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Album #99 – Asturias The Art of Guitar – Narciso Yepes

Screen Shot 2014-07-20 at 15.03.46 Asturias – The Art of Guitar by Narciso Yepes

Classical guitar is one of my favourite genres of classical music. It’s difficult to play and often rocking guitar people will cower away from Classical guitar music because they are afraid that their prowess at wanking guitars will be shown for what it is.  Guitar wankery.

Classical guitar sets apart the men from the boys and the women from the girls. It’s all well and good getting on stage and wanking away to Stairway to Heaven or pretending you’re Jimi Hendrix but, in my book at least, if you can’t do a galliard or a Saltarello then you’re about as good as me with a yogurt pot and an elastic band.

Yepes has compiled some good examples of Classical guitar here including Asturias and Recuerdos de La Alhambra (two of my most favourite guitar pieces). In doing so he has made a distinctive compilation of background music for those summer evenings sat on the verandah, overlooking the hacienda while you sip mojitos and swat away mosquitos.

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