I’ve been away from my guitar for a week. I took my Lo Prinzi Pinnacle to the builder to have some work done on the frets and decided that this was as good a time as any to take some time off from playing. Notice, I said “playing” not “practicing”. Anyone who knows me well, knows that a week not spent constructively is anathema to me. And, those who read my blog with any degree of regularity will guess that I spent my time practicing without my instrument. Lots of aim directed movement and visualization.
This is particularly important because I do have to perform next week! It’s not by any means a high pressure setting; I’m playing for a service at a local church. But, I am planning to play something that I’ve only learned recently. I’ll be playing the Barrios “Catedral” (all three movements) as prelude music just prior to the service, and I only began learning it in mid June. I’m also playing Brouwer’s “Un dia de Noviembre”, which I also have only been playing since mid June. So with this new repertoire being programmed, I can’t really afford to take time off.
This brings me to the issue of playing church services. And some rather delicate matters. So many people seem to think that the only way to play classical guitar professionally is either in concerts/recitals or as background music in restaurants, cafes, and private parties. To tell the truth, there simply aren’t enough concerts coming my way (or most guitarists’ way!) to keep me fulfilled, and the background music, while very lucrative, is most definitely NOT fulfilling. But I find that when one plays in a church service there is a fairly attentive audience, a high level of appreciation for the art, and, although not exactly a place where one makes top dollar, there is a decent amount of money to be made. Let’s face it, I have the opportunity to try out my new material and get paid to do so.