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John Williams is my guitar hero

It is very hard for me to pick my three favorite guitarists because I like so many, but I would never doubt to say that my favorite one is John Williams, who I saw in concert in March, and had the chance to meet =D

He has everything to be the best, his technique is amazing, his sound is powerful with a beautiful tone, and he knows how to play every piece the way it should be played.

He could play Bach's Chaconne in the most pure baroque style and right after finishing play one of Lauro' Waltzes in a lively latin American style, not many guitarists can achieve that.

I think Williams is a lot superior to Segovia in all aspects, he plays a lot more music styles, and his technique and sound are way superior to Segovia's.

He is the best guitarist playing latin American music, being of latin American roots myself and having listened to many great players it feels to me he plays as if he was South American, an awesome guitarist and musician.

If I have to choose two more guitarist I'll pick David Russell, I love his sound, and Bream's interpretation is great.

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John Williams, Paco de Lucia, Segovia

by Moglison
(Miami, Florida, USA)

John Williams is one of the most important classical guitar players of our time, his technical and speed are flawless his sound is transcendental.

Paco de Lucia is the one who made flamenco guitar popular to the rest of the world and the way he mingled flamenco and classical throws me off my guard, superb!

Segovia ... goes without saying, he is the father of contemporary classical guitar playing, without him I think this beautiful instrument and music would not be as popular as it is nowadays, although it has lots of room to develop still, Segovia was a major contributor for its success.


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John Williams, Julian Bream, Ana Vidovic

by michael-cawthorn@hotmail.co.uk
(Rotherham England.)

John Williams, Julian Bream, Ana Vidovic.

These are written in no particular order of preference as I have never heard a single fluffed note by any of them, when I say this I mean every single note and chord is absolutely perfect, which is not 100% true of all other classical guitarists I can think of "except of course me".

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John Williams, Kaori Muraji, Manuel Barrueco

Great technique, power and sensibility.

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John Williams

by Chris Martin
(Mumbai, Maharashtra, India)

I like the way Mr John Williams plays the guitar.
I like his finger style when he moves all over on the fret board. I guess he's the most awesome guitar player in the world.

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respectable

by Jonathan
(Florida)

John Williams


Pepe Romero /Angel Romero


Norbert Kraft


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Guitar Music

by maria
(Florida)

John Williams, Andrea Segovia and Anton Del Forno.

John Williams has a wonderful technique and has recorded so much guitar music for everyone to enjoy.

Andrea Segovia brought the guitar to the concert stage introducing its capabilities as a concert instrument to the public, while Del Forno composed beautiful pieces for the guitar repertoire including a lovely concerto, which is very much needed for guitar players.

The guitar repertoire is limited. Del Forno also has great technique and a beautiful sound. It sounds like he is playing on multiple guitars.

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My heart stops

by Michael Fisher
(Costa Mesa, CA)

John Williams - because of the freshness and energy of his playing, plus his willingness to bend the genre and incorporate it into other areas

Andres Segovia - Need I say more?

Steve Hackett - Former guitarist with Genesis, his body of work on the nylon string guitar is extensive and impressive.

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Cavatina! Theme from the Deer Hunter

Oh My God!

I was searching google for a nice Youtube version of Cavatina on guitar to send to a pal when I found...

....Trevor!

On my very favorite website!

Playing Cavatina!

I'm learning the song now...

...and all I can say is, Bravo, Trevor!

You're my inspiration today!

Just lovely!

Patricia

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Rocks my Boat

by Dave McLaren
(Edinburgh, Scotland)

John Williams, Need I say more, One day I hope to play Cavatina.

Francisco Tarrega Playing Recuerdos de la Alhambra. Reminds of a legend in our time, Jack Hargrieves from the TV series Out of Town.

Jim Greeninger Just someone I enjoy listening to.

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my list is:

by David
(Ljubljana, Slovenia)

1. John Williams: his playing is so smooth, all the difficult pieces are in real order and with no mistakes.

2. Andres Segovia: I still don't know, how could he learn the guitar by himself. He's a genius. The old videos with bad sound are still so perfect. I'm looking to a vinyl plate. That must be a magnifisent sound.

3. Aniello Desiderio: his version of Domeniconi's Koyunbaba is just perfect. I listened to him when he had concert in Ljubljana. He puts the melody forward, other tones he puts back and he has all of them under control at the same volume. Because I play the guitar to, I tried and I know how diffult is that.

For me, they are the three most technically perfected guitarists an guitar history.

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clean but not sterile

by Kreshimir
(Zagreb)

My picks are: John Williams, Julian Bream and Ana Vidovic.

John for being reliable and down to the point. Many of his interpretations have become standards.

Julian for his sweet tone and emotional performances.

Ana for her absolute technical superiority, control and clarity that is second to none. She has a very distinct approach to the pieces that she plays and is obviously getting better year after year, which is frightening, really :)

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Freak

John Williams - flawless playing
Ana Vidovic - beautiful, and she plays great
Steven Pasero - just for his version of Greensleeves - fantastic!

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Masters of the Trade

by Adnan
(Dhaka,Bangladesh)

My favourite 3 classical guitarists are:

1.John Williams

2.Julian Bream

3.Andres Segovia.

John Williams is in the list because of the way he plays-perfect and standard for every guitarist,and the control of the hands.

Julian Bream is a marvellous player. I like his tonal colours and dynamics. He puts so much impression and emotion in his music that I just wonder. And he plays lute with so much mastery!

Andres Segovia is the master of tone. I have never heard so beautiful a tone produced on a guitar by in any other guitarist I've ever heard.

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Three For the Ages

by Rick Hutt
(Chicago, IL)

1. John Williams - Total musician, not simply a great guitarist, which he is, but a consummate artist. Fearlessly explores so many types of guitar music and combinations. Also opened up a lot of previously, or limitedly unknown, best example being Barrios.

2. Paco de Lucia - Classical? Yeah, I believe so. He did a great recording of "Concierto de Aranjuez" which showed his classical sensibilities. But taking flamenco into new and exciting directions counts, in my opinion, as providing avenues of exploring classical music with a renewed eye as to interpretation.

3. Sharon Isbin - Great technician and musician. Also major contributions in teaching. Like the above two, not afraid to enter into other combinations without sacrificing a note.

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Influenced me while learning

by Ken Wake
(Nottingham England)

John Williams - Techical excellence coupled with pure musicality, genial phrasing and superb tone.

Carlos Bonell - In my opinion, someone who plays from the heart and always manages to get to me.

David Tanenbaum - Excellent mastery of the guitar and a delightful way of expressing his music. Especially the Astor Piazzolla stuff.

Heard 'em all on CD and seen 'em all live - Thats my 3.

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Straight From the Heart

by Patricia
(Michigan)

My three favorites, I'd say, would have to be John Williams, Julian Bream, and Jason Vieaux....although indeed it's hard to narrow it down to three.

For John Williams, it's his CD, "John Williams: The Guitarist" with the full recording of Domeniconi's "Koyunbaba" that did it for me. I've heard other guitarists play the piece, and they don't even come near his understanding of the music. The buildup of passion in this amazing recording will shake you out of your seat. It is unforgettable.

As far as Bream goes, he is simply a phenomenon. His recordings of Villa-Lobos and his playing when accompanied by orchestra still bring tears to my eyes. He is one with the intsrument. In his DVD about the Spanish guitar, he comes right out of his chair in the middle of playing "Sevilla" without missing a note. I feel that Bream took the instrument just about as far as it could ever go, as a performer.

Jason Vieaux, compared to the other two, is a much younger player. His "Guitar Recital" CD is phenomenal. The "Variations on a Moldavian Hora" is something that hypnotizes me. His technical skill is tremendous for such a young player (at the time of the recording, I think he was 19), but even more amazing is his passion and interpretation of the music.

I love all three of them for going past technical genius and playing music that comes straight from the heart. Three different types of players, all magnificent.

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I mean, WOW!

by Joseph C.
(Birmingham, AL)

1. John Williams - Is there anyone who has mastered the instrument from a greater technical AND musical standpoint?!

2. David Russell - The musical brilliance never ceases to amaze; he plays arguably the widest variety of literature for the guitar.

3. Manuel Barrueco - A first class gentleman who presents a fantastic masterclass, not to mention one of the world's most accomplished players.

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Stu

by Stuart Lee
(Tyne & Wear, UK)

No 1. John Williams.
I'm an engineer; I was trained to appreciate and strive for attention to detail, precision. I also love classical guitar. John Williams is, for me, the embodiment of these virtues.

I've seen many classical guitarists live (Williams in 1988) and I can honestly say his was the single performance I've witnessed with no discernible error throughout it's duration. He also held the audience utterly spellbound with his mastery, musical sensibility and, in my opinion, unparalleled flawless technique.

How anyone can exhibit this degree of perfection on the guitar is beyond me. Twenty one years ago and I still consider it a privilege to have been there and to have met and shook hands with the man post recital...

No 2. Julian Bream.
I first heard Mr. Bream through a live (late 1970's)recording of his duets with John Williams during a US concert tour. I was blown away by their seemingly completely contrasting styles and yet... beautifully integrated sound, so naturally I wanted to find out more.

What I discovered was a virtuoso whom I believe is unmatched in terms of tonal variation and sheer emotional connection with the instrument. I also had the privilege of seeing Julian Bream live in 1989 and, whilst not as perfect as John Williams (making quite a few errors that night) nevertheless took the audience to another place with his gorgeous musical evocations.

No 3. This is hard! There are so many wonderfully gifted guitarists in the world today (many of whom weren't even conceived when Williams and Bream started their musical careers.

Several amazing Chinese girls immediately spring to mind, and one who is probably responsible for their careers (aka Mr. Andres Segovia).

But if I have to name one, please can it be two... Sergio and Oadir Assad. I honestly think that nothing is more beautiful than the classical guitar... save perhaps two.

I have been privileged to see at least six or seven duos live in my time (all brilliant) but these bearded Brazilians were at the pinnacle. I never heard such perfectly integrated playing (most of the time they didn't even look at their instruments or each other... they just proceeded in beautifully enmeshed artistry, wow!) and with a subtle and yet striking tone. Lovely!

So, in summary...

1. John Williams. Simply and most probably unmatched perfection.

2. Julian Bream. The guitar is clearly an extension of his soul.

3. Sergio and Oadir Assad. Individually stunning, together awe inspiring.

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classical guitar sound flows like wind

by Gouranga Debnath
(India)

First and foremost I would like to thank Mr. Trevor Maurice for developing this wonderful site. Actually I have been looking for something like this for years now.

My favorite guitarist is John Williams. Now there's something different about him. When you hear him play its like you are lost in the music. Every note is so pure so clearly played.

It seems to me that when he plays a particular piece that's the ultimate way of playing it and it can't be improved further.

One major point that should be noted is that every time he plays music his fingers are so beautifully relaxed its like they are sleeping and his technique is simply the ultimate according to me.


Next is Andres Segovia. Looking at him play makes one fall in love with the guitar. His approach to music is so fantastic.

Referred to as the man who saved the guitar from losing its glory, I feel that no one has greater conception of music than him. Although sometimes he plays with an odd timing but that strangely brings out a subtle beauty of the music.

He is a genius in true sense of the term.


Last but not the least is Julian Bream. The man who played the guitar as well as the lute. He has simply done it all. With astounding technique and musical sense he is also one of the gurus of the guitar.

Its his constant research on music that has made me his fan. And one should actually see his duet with John Williams in the "Spanish Dance" to realize what sort of people they really are.

These maestros are the reason why we are playing the instrument today in the concerts otherwise God knows who would have rescued the guitar and put it to a classical level!!

May we see more of people like them for years to come.

Thank you.


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choice of geriatric john

by John
(Townsville, Qld)

John Williams - so incredibly versatile. I have seen him in concert (solo), with the group "Sky" and with Inti Illimani.

Karin Schaupp - Her CD "Dreams" is such a joy. Also plays in the quartet Saffire.

Julian Bream - wonderful on lute as well as classical guitar

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