Today, I will share with you not only two gifted classical guitarists, Sharon Isben and Berta Rojas, but Stephen Boone whose skill in making classical guitars is incredible. You will also notice in the 2nd Video that he is passing his talent along to his son. This is critical if we are to have future generations who know anything other than video games or how to talk on a cell phones. (Forgive my sarcasm.)
Stephen says, “My classical guitars are made by hand, one at a time, in Bozeman Montana. I make my guitars in the Spanish method using a solera, or building platform, that is made by me in my shop. The guitar is constructed face down on the solera, referenced to a center line. I use integrated Spanish heel construction with wedges anchoring the ribs to the neck. My guitars are heavily influenced by the work of Antonio de Torres with changes made to address the higher string tension of modern instruments.”
We have heard of the famous Andres Segovia and enjoyed his guitar performances. Sharon Isben was one of his students, who also teaches on line about such things a dynamics, embellishment, improvisation, variations and what it is to add your own voice to classical music. She calls it “having soul”. Sharon wanted to be a rocket scientist, but found her gift in music when her older brother turned down private lessons in Italy, where they were living with her scientist father. We are glad she took his place so we can enjoy her wonderful talent today.
The 1st VIDEO: A short performance by Sharon Isben and Berta Rojas at the Ibero-American Guitar Festival ( Turn on your sound) 2nd VIDEO Stephen Boone shows us how he makes a guitar. He estimates that it takes 80 hour to build and 30 hours to finish it. The music you hear is Stephen playing the guitar he has made. 3rd VIDEO Berta Rojas plays