Thursday, January 29, 2009


To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible. - Thomas Aquinas

Practice having faith when you play. Have faith that your hands will do exactly what you've asked of them. Trust your magnificent body. Excessive tension is a physical manifestation of fear brought about by doubt and worry. It keeps the body from acting in a natural way. Train your body well through practice, but let go of the need to control it. Relax and observe your hands with a continuous strong faith and you will be highly rewarded.


Anonymous said...

To trust oneself is a much harder endeavour to achieve than first supposed. I'm finding that learning the classical guitar has become a reflection of life lessons. I am improving as a person everyday. Thankyou for your insights.

Anonymous said...

It is great to see your contributions to the classical guitar community again. You have an amazing facility to play. Believe me, I have ~100 classical guitar CDs by all of the greats, and your Naxos recording is still among my favorite. In fact, my main classical guitar is a spruce Byers that I bought in large part because I coveted your beautiful sound on that record.