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The Classical Guitar Book - A Complete History (Softcover) Paperback – September 1, 2002
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About the Author
Tony Bacon, author of The Ultimate Guitar Book, profiles a number of guitar makers including Contreras, Smallman and Bernabe. Colin Cooper, editor of Classical Guitar magazine, writes on the future of the instrument, and provides a listener's guide to classical guitar on record. Paul Fowles, contributor to Classical Guitar magazine, profiles a number of guitar makers and looks at the classical guitar in pop music. Brian Jeffrey, founder and owner of a leading guitar music publisher and the biographer of Sor, investigates guitar methods and teaching as well as the repertoire of the classical guitarist. Richard Johnston, guitar repairer and contributor to Acoustic Guitar magazine, profiles guitar makers such as Velazquez, Humphrey and Ruck. Tim Miklaucic, proprietor of leading classical guitar dealer GSI, analyses the market for collectable instruments. Bernard Richardson, Lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Wales, Cardiff, clarifies the science of the guitar. Paul Sparks, a leading early music expert, writes about the early guitar before Torres. Graham Wade, leading author and recitalist and biographer of Segovia and Rodrigo, profiles Segovia, Julian Bream and John Williams, as well as guitar makers such as Hauser, Bouchet and Ramirez. Brook Zern, flamenco editor of Guitar Review, puts the flamenco guitar and its culture into the context of classical guitar. John Morrish is an experienced journalist and editor. He is a former editor of the London listings magazine Time Out, and edited Piano, Balafon's standard illustrated history of the instrument.
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The book could have benefited from a comparison of major achievements introduced by each luthier, and focused on broad comparisons of different guitars. It instead focuses on the personalities of the luthiers.
If the reason you want to purchase the book is to help you find a concert guitar, this book will provide a good reference to the major luthiers operating today. However, if you are looking to find distinguishing features about the guitars, you will be hard pressed to do so, as the book provides just a few tidbits of information in that regard.
Although it does discuss some of the great classical guitarists -- Segovia, Williams, Bream, etc. -- it is oriented more toward the great classical guitar builders and has detailed information on the great luthiers of the present and recent past.
A real plus is the selection of superb color photos of a number of gorgeous guitars; the photos make clear that a guitar can be a work of art as much as an instrument of music.
It is a book the lover of the classical guitar will return to repeatedly, just for the pleasure of looking at some unquestionably beautiful works of musical art.
Recommended background reading for any student about to buy an expensive instrument. Apart from anything else it unravels the intricacies of the Ramirez dynasty!