Andres Segovia was born on February 21, 1893 in the Andalusian city of Linares,
Spain. His father was a prosperous lawyer and hoped that one day that his son would join him
in his work. Andres’ father, trying to build a wide cultural background for his son, began to
provide Andres with musical instruction at an early age. He thought him how to play the piano
and the violin, but Andres did not seem to be too enthusiastic about either instrument. When
he heard the guitar at one of his friend’s home being played his interest in music it self had
begun. Even though his parents disapproved of him playing the guitar, Andres still continued ...view middle of the document...
Segovia’s first concert quality guitar was from the shop of Manuel
Ramirez built by Santos Hernandez in 1912. He got the guitar in preparation for his concert at
the Ateneo, Andres needed a guitar that could be used in a concert. The guitar he had was
made by a famous maker, but was only a student model which was made from cheap wood
He went to the store to look for something to play on a “rent to own” basis. At that
time nobody would ask for a guitar to be rented, it was mostly pianos that were rented. Segovia
then tried out the guitar and Ramirez listened to Segovia. Ramirez was convinced that Segovia
was a great muscian and gave him the guitar for free. As time went on Segovia needed a new
guitar. In one of Segovia’s concerts, Segovia met Herman Hauser. Segovia discussed about
what qualities he was looking for in a guitar. Twelve years later in 1937 Hauser presented the
new guitar. The guitar was known as “The Segovia model.” Today many makers have made
their own versions of that guitar. Years later Segovia got involved with the Yamaha corporation.
Yamaha talked to Segovia for the design of their highest grade guitar, it was called the GC71.
The guitar included a reduced angle between the head and neck, which would produce a mild
tone a new branching pattern to increase bass response. The finest woods were also used for
this guitar, Rumanian spruce for the top and Brazilian rosewood for the back and sides.
Because of the detail and the endorsement of Segovia, the guitar is on the market for about
$10,000 in US funds. Because of Segovia showcasing Ramirez, Hauser, and Yamaha guitars
those brands have been ingrained in the history of the classical guitar (Zondag, Curtis).
Segovia a Teacher
Segovia spread his philosophies in teaching the guitar in many ways. He released
many books of repertoire, which include some of his work and his arrangements of works that
other have. One way that he thought was by television. He made teaching videos, and also
made a thirteen episode series called “The Segovia Master Class.” His classes were held in
Sienna, Italy, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and Berkeley, California. Many of the students
Segovia taught went on to become experts in the field. One of the most successful is
Christopher Parkening. In Christopher’s early teens he would practice the guitar for about an
hour and a half before school. At the age of fifteen he was invited to attend a Master Class with
Segovia. His private lessons were taught after Segovia had told Chris that he great potential for
a career in classical guitar (Lorimer, Michael).
A regular class would begin with students arriving early an tuning their guitars,
talking and exchanging music. Their would be two chairs one for the teacher, Segovia and the
other for the student. When Segovia arrived, the students would rise in respect as he...