A Display of Classical Guitar Techniques
I’ve been playing the guitar for over 10 years and while for the first nine years I mainly studied jazz and rock, the past three semesters I have been studying classical guitar. I wanted to find a piece for CURCA that would be able to show some of the new classical techniques I’ve been learning and would be enjoyable to listen to. I went and talked with my guitar instructor here at WSU, John Mason, and he showed me a piece that he had recently composed called “Rainy D’Etude”. After hearing John play it and going through the piece a few times myself, I knew that this was going to be the one. Learning this piece was different from any other piece I had learned because I actually had access to the composer! Learning a piece like this requires you to learn it in parts first, work on the transitions of those parts, and then put it all together. This performance is the product of a semester’s worth of work and I really hope you enjoy it!