Ruark wrote:Of course, you have to be able to basically play the instrument, but beyond that, remember what "music" really is, and remember its core function of conveying emotion, like all forms of art.
Ruark, to an extent I agree with you. But not entirely.
Technique is art. The Greeks got it right (techne). Technique is at the bottom of so much that is truly beautiful. Take ballet. Beautiful, incandescent performances aren't possible without mastery of technique. Without it, a performance is merely an intimation, a shadow, of what is possible.
It's the same with the guitar. I know that I can't express the full emotion that I feel when playing a piece of music, or do justice to that glorious hollow piece of shaped wood under my arm, without that lightness and sureness of touch that isn't going to let me â€“ or the music, or the guitar â€“ down.
So I will work extremely hard to make sure that the tools of the trade are there within my grasp, ready to be called upon when I need them.
It's the huge potential for beauty within it that staggers me. By 'it', I mean that 'trinity' made up of the music, the instrument, and me, the player. It's a big responsibility. And I'm up for it.
And so, back to my conversation with TĂˇrrega's 'Adelita'. Not 'difficult' - just notes on a page. It's what I do with them that counts.