Friday, June 10, 2011
A few quotes from Andrés Segovia.....
You can learn more about Segovia here, here, or here.
Some words attributed to him:
Among God's creatures two, the dog and the guitar, have
taken all the sizes and all the shapes, in order not to be
separated from the man.
Sometimes one is without the pleasure of playing. But when
the silence of the audience is perfect, we recover that.
I've had three wives and three guitars. I still play the guitars.
When one puts up a building one makes an elaborate
scaffold to get everything into its proper place. But when
one takes the scaffold down, the building must stand by
itself with no trace of the means by which it was erected.
That is how a musician should work.
Lean your body forward slightly to support the guitar
against your chest, for the poetry of the music should
resound in your heart.
(I was) my own teacher and pupil, and thanks to the efforts
of both, they were not discontented with each other.
The nuances in the rhythm come from the lack - the delicate
lack - of respect that we may have for the rhythm. But in
this lack of respect, you may define the good artist and the
The advice I am giving always to all my students is above all
to study the music profoundly... music is like the ocean, and
the instruments are little or bigger islands, very beautiful
for the flowers and trees.
The guitar is a small orchestra. It is polyphonic. Every
string is a different color, a different voice.
The piano is a monster that screams when you touch its teeth.
When I began, the guitar was en-closed in a vicious circle.
There were no composers writing for the guitar, because
there were no virtuoso guitarists.
Electric guitars are an abomination. Whoever heard of an
electric violin, electric cello or, for that matter, an
I belong to the scarce minority of artists who work in
good faith, around whom the phenomenal world vanishes,
as it happens to the mystics when they give themselves
I had only one teacher, myself, and only one student, myself.
If people have even a little understanding, it is better to
move them than to amaze them.
You know what I think? If I am tired now, I don't mind,
because I have eternity to rest.