4 Best Classical Guitar Players Ever

In this article, I identify four of the best classical guitar players who helped create and drive this sound over the last 100 years.

Andres Segovia

At the top of my list is the Andalusia native who was born in 1893. Segovia became famous as a young man after coming up with his unique playing technique that entailed plucking the guitar strings using both his fingertips and nails. This aspect made him a central figure in shaping the styles of upcoming guitarists in the subsequent generations because he changed the perception of this instrument and took it into huge festival venues across the world. Segovia’s idiosyncratic approach and overtly romantic style garnered him legions of fans and secured his legendary position when he passed on in 1987.  Here he is playing live.

Julian Bream

A British citizen and one of the best players in history, Julian Bream fell in love with the guitar as a young boy aged 11 years after spending time listening to his father who was a jazz musician. As he developed her skills during an illustrious career, he was recognized as the leading campaigner of classical musicians from the UK who unearthed a new breed of bodies supporting this art form such as Malcolm Arnold’s Guitar Concerto in 1959. Additionally, Julian Bream is renowned for revitalizing attention for the Elizabethan lute, and the establishment of the Julian Bream Consort.

Milos Karadaglic

In the modern era, there is probably no better classical guitarist than Milos Karadaglic. Although he was born in Montenegro in 1983, Karadaglic is based in London. His foray into playing the guitar was chiefly inspired by Andres Segovia alongside other artists who tried to develop a new range for the instrument. Karadaglic has been playing the guitar since he was aged eight years old and his style can be described as a feather-light touch accompanied by a sweet tone and a warm bass. Karadaglic is renowned for selling out a concert in 2012 becoming the only individual to manage such a feat as a solo act.

John Williams

In my opinion, John Williams is only second best to Andres Segovia when it comes to playing the classical guitar. His style is characterized by sharp precision and expression. Williams was born in Australia to British parents and his initial encounter with the guitar was inspired by his father. However, he later to guitar schools with the likes of Andres Segovia. Williams became famous for his duet with a rock band known as sky that graced international popular music charts. His composition of Stanley Myers prelude ‘Cavatina’ also gained global recognition.

Three Things You Should Know Before You Buy a Classical Guitar

A classical guitar is something that you can enjoy and own for a lifetime. Nevertheless, the life of a classic guitar depends on its quality and its making. Secondly, it depends on the way you use it or maintain it. If you are a learner in this subject, then you should try and learn certain basic things about a guitar before purchasing one. In a classical guitar, the quality and design of the soundboard, saddle, and bridge make a great deal of difference in its sound quality and longevity. There are things that you should know before buying a classic guitar.

Three Things You Should Know Before You Buy a Classical Guitar

1. Classical guitars are made of nylon strings.

If you are a beginner it would be better to select a guitar with strings offering moderate or low string tension. This makes it far easier to play. Similarly, opt for a guitar with longer strings (when measured from the nut to the saddle). This would help you in augmenting and sustaining the bass response.

2. There are different types in the market

There are different types of classical guitar available in the market and these categories are based on both price and quality. However, in order to own a durable instrument, you need not buy the costliest one out there. You can purchase something that suits your needs and it need not be an expensive model.

If you are a professional player or you intend to be one, then you should look for superior models that can endure hours of use every day. But if you wish to own a guitar just for fun or as a hobby, you can settle the deal with an average and comparatively inexpensive model. If your need is performance-based, then you would need amplification built into your guitar. In that case, go for a classical acoustic-electric guitar. Once you lay down your needs, you should calculate a clear budget. It would be easy to investigate and select the right model if you know the exact price range. This would also help the dealer in suggesting different types of guitars that you can afford.

3. You should test the comfort levels

A guitar is something that one holds too close to his body while playing. The guitarist should feel good when he takes the guitar in his hands for playing a tune. As a musician, he shouldn’t feel awkward or uncomfortable due to the size or weight of the instrument. Different guitars have different neck measurements. You should choose the one that you like most – it is a matter of personal preference. Note that the height of the string beyond the fingerboard should facilitate easy action.

Finally, try playing your favorite instrument before paying for it. This final test should certainly help you in deciding whether it is your guitar or someone else’s