Post by Paul Carmichael Post by Ken Blake
It's a beautiful piece--one of my favorites. It's not easy to play, but
with the help of my teacher I'm getting better at it.
Heh. I wish I had a teacher. Here, it's flamenco or nothing.
I live in Tucson, AZ. The University of Arizona's guitar program is very
good, and there are several doctoral students and graduates here (from
all over the world) who are excellent players. Some of them are also
I'm on my third doctoral student teacher, and I've been very lucky with
each of the three. They've all been wonderful.
The first one was from the Philippines, and he moved back home shortly
after he graduated.
The second one was from Canada and was having visa problems. He moved
back to Canada shortly before he was going to graduate
The current one is from Chile and will probably graduate this coming
spring. Whether he'll still be here after graduation, I don't know yet,
but if I'll have to choose another teacher, there are many good ones to
I'm 84. I've been playing the guitar for about 70 years, but mostly on
steel string guitars, and mostly playing blues and ragtime pieces. I
started studying classical guitar (I had lots of old habits that were
hard to break) about five years ago with my Philippine teacher, and I've
learned a lot from him as well as both of the others. I've gotten a lot
better (La Rosa is one of the most difficult pieces I've worked on) but
I'm a long way from being able to play concerts. I never will be at that
level and that's OK with me; I play for my own enjoyment.
Here's one of the best of the UofA's doctoral students (from Mexico)
playing La Rosa (much better than I play it):