What constitutes greatness?
Is greatness something we’re born with, or does it only come through much blood, sweat and tears?
“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them,” – from Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night.’
And what about famous classical guitarists? Is there a difference between fame and greatness?
Mohammed Ali, (a.k.a. “The greatest“) once said, “I hate every minute of training, but I said, Don’t quit. Suffer now, and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
In other words, his greatness came from hard work and dedication, as is usually the case in any discipline.
So what then are the qualities of a a great guitarist and especially a great classical guitarist? Below is a short list. Can you think of any more?
A sense of creativity
Ability to read music
Grasp of basic notes and chords
Good communication skills
Ability to play all keys
Strong sense of rhythm and timing
Ability to change technique
Knowledge of different musical styles
Still, in the genre of classical music, some individuals – including females – have attained both fame and greatness.
Great and Famous Female Classical Guitarists
Ana Vidovic (born Nov.8, 1980) is a Croatian virtuosa classical guitarist. She has been described as an extraordinary talent and she stands tall among the elite musicians anywhere in the world.
Anna started playing the guitar at aged 5, gave her first public performance at aged 7, and over 1000 public performances thereafter. Ana has performed works by Bach, Pagagini and Walton which was released on DVD in 2006, by Mel Bay Productions.
Her impressive number of achievements include 1st prize in the Albert Augustine International Competition in Bath, England.Her reputation in Europe resulted an invitation to study at the prestigious Peabody Conservatory, where she graduated in 2005.
“The Pre-eminent Guitarist Of Our Time“
Hailed as the” pre-eminent guitarist of our time,” Sharon Isbin (born Aug.7, 1956) is also the winner of multiple Grammy Awards.
Acclaimed for her technique and versatility, she received “Best Classical Guitarist award,” from Guitar Player magazine and has performed as soloist with over 170 orchestras worldwide.
Sharon began her guitar studies at aged nine in Italy, although she was born in Minneapolis. She later studied with the great Andres Sogovia and Oscar Ghiglia.
She has over 25 recordings including her latest release, Sharon Isbin, 5 classic albums (Warner), and is the author of Classical guitar answer book, among many other prestigious awards and achievements.
So what then is the difference between fame and greatness?
My simple answer is that whatever we do with our fame determines our greatness. To the extent that we are willing to share our gifts and talents with others qualifies us as truly great.
A biblical exhortation comes to mind, “whosoever would be the greatest among you, let him be your servant.” Matthew 20:27
What do you think? Please let me have your input on the matter.
Any thoughts, questions and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Sources; Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia & EscuelaMusicaLes.com