Roland Dyens

Roland Dyens departure from the world of the living leaves a gaping hole in the classical guitar community. One of the best ways that we can give thanks for life is through our work. But we don’t show gratitude by always doing what’s expected and acceptable to everyone.

Roland Dyens showed gratitude for life by continually challenging the status quo and moving what was expected and acceptable a bit further and now that he is gone, what he brought to us will be greatly missed.

Defining Good Tone

What is “good” tone? It seems like a subjective inquiry that will lead to unjustifiable arguments; however,  I believe that today’s classical guitarists can easily come to an agreement on whether a tone is either harsh or pleasant.

The modern classical guitar and its technique are the product of centuries of development. The scale length establishes a particular range that the cavity and plate resonances are intended to amplify in the most efficient way to its audience. Those variables narrow the field of success results.

Classical Guitar Tone Production

For many of us, it’s the sound of the classical guitar that drew us to the instrument. Any of us who have attempted to move passed the role of listening and into that of playing have realized that the very sound that drew us to the instrument doesn’t easily emerge from beginner fingers. In the end, the the sound we achieve is a combination of our conscience and the instrument we play, but I think it’s important to address the mechanics. This means looking into our technique, fingernail shape and our ability at manipulating both while using your ears as a guide.

About Guitar Design

Back Bracing DesignOnce I received an email from a friend of his new idea for a top bracing pattern with the question, “Do you think that this design will make a good sounding guitar?” It was actually a creative idea and it certainly didn't fail to peak my curiosity, but it was the question itself that stuck with me and deserves an honest an