Six Grammy Award Winners; multiple Grammy Award nominees; many former First Prize Winners in the Guitar Foundation of America International Competition; and many other world-renowned classical guitarists have lent their voices to the first book project of its kind for classical guitar and classical music.

Over the centuries, the classical guitar in its various forms has inspired musicians and composers to create some of the world's most beautiful music.
Instrumental Influences from Donn LeVie Jr. is a refreshing original work that offers deeper insight into the demands of studying the classical guitar, and the rewards of that relationship that manifest themselves in other areas of the artists’ lives and in the lives of anyone pursuing serious study of the instrument. In Instrumental Influences, some of the world's best classical guitarists and classical guitar teachers reveal what lessons they have learned through a relationship with the classical guitar.

The book also examines the parallel lessons that emerge from the study of technique, repertoire, memorization, music theory, performances/recitals, teaching, the study of music literature, and much more. Readers will discover in the 60 essays in
Instrumental Influences not only the variables that classical guitar students, teachers, and virtuosos must develop over years of practice, but how such acquired, disciplined training opens up other avenues for personal growth.

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What Others are Saying About Instrumental Influences:

"This book should be on the ‘required reading list’ for all students of music considering a performance career!...My hat is off to Mr. LeVie. You knocked this one out of the park!”
Bill Swick
Music Department Chair, Las Vegas Performing Arts Academy

Instrumental Influences is an enlightening resource for any musician. With its penetrating perspectives on the more elusive elements of study, it has quickly become a centerpiece of my students’ curriculum.”
Dr. Stephen Mattingly
Guitar Instructor - Bellarmine University; University of Louisville

"Author Donn LeVie Jr. provides a significant contribution to the musician’s literature that probes the questions of what is required to become, and what it means to be, a great musician.”
Andrew Zohn, DM
Guitarist, Composer

"Donn LeVie Jr. provides a unique window into the personal journeys and insights from some of the most respected classical guitarists performing today, and synthesizes them with his own experiences as a performer in a warm, engaging style.”
Dr. Michael Quantz
Associate Professor of Guitar, Guitar Ensemble
The University of Texas at Brownsville
Instrumental Influences
Reflections on the Classical Guitar from the Instrument's Most Influential Performers and Pedagogues
WINNER of the 2012 International Book Awards for Performing Arts/Music
RUNNER-UP of the 2011 Global eBook Award for Performing Arts/Music
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