The electric guitar is hardly exotic. So ubiquitous had it become, that acoustic music was a novelty by the 1980’s. Neglected in this pendulous swing between acoustic and electric was the humble gut-stringed beginnings of “The People’s Instrument.”

Berlioz called the guitar “an orchestra in miniature” but perhaps it is better described as an orchestra of nuance. But can we hear nuance these days?

Combining the classical guitar with electronics affords us beauty beyond what either could accomplish alone. Now the guitar can crescendo. It can appear behind the audience. It can change the size and shape of the space it occupies.

Classical guitar may be the “real” guitar, but classical guitar and electronics constitute the “surreal” guitar.

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