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A First For Classical Guitar; A First For Classical Music, Instrumental Influences Is Filled With Insights And Wisdom Shared By Some Of The World's Greatest Classical Guitarists.

03-16-2011 06:23 PM CET | Arts & Culture

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Instrumental Influences

Instrumental Influences

A First For Classical Guitar; A First For Classical Music, Instrumental Influences Is Filled With Insights And Wisdom Shared By Some Of The World's Greatest Classical Guitarists.

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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. The elements of mastering the classical guitar have parallels in other areas of life; some parallels are more obvious than others and may be short-lived, while others reveal themselves over time to endure for a lifetime.

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, the world's best classical guitarists reveal what lessons they have learned through the study of 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.

Instrumental Influences is the first project of its type in the history of classical guitar and classical music: Never before have so many classical music artists come together to lend their voices to a unique project that explore how teaching, studying, and performing on the classical guitar have all been "instrumental influences" in the lives of artists, teachers, and students.

Essayists include six Grammy Award Winners, multiple Grammy Award nominees, and many former winners of the Guitar Foundation of America International Competition.

Book Information:
Instrumental Influences: Reflections on the Classical Guitar From the Instrument's Most Influential Performers and Pedagogues
By Donn LeVie Jr.
Publisher: Kings Crown Publishing
ISBN: 978-0981485737
Pages: 312
Published: April 30, 2011

About The Author

Author, church musician, and classical guitarist Donn LeVie Jr. lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Jeanette. Donn writes books on sacred music and classical guitar topics, and is a sought-after presenter and speaker. Incorporating live classical guitar with nearly every speaking opportunity makes for highly a engaging and memorable experience for all audiences. His previous book is entitled, It's All About HYMN: Essays on Reclaiming Sacred and Traditional Music for Worship(Kings Crown Publishing, 2008).

A native of Gloucester, Massachusetts Donn grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where graduated with a B.S. in Geology from Florida Atlantic University. He recently completed the master's certificate program in Christian Apologetics from Biola University.

Donn began his career as a research geological oceanographer for NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Labs in Miami, Florida for three years before moving to Houston to work as a geologist for Phillips Petroleum Company and pursuing an M.S. degree in Geochemistry from the University of Houston. He was also part-time adjunct faculty lecturer at the University of Houston Downtown College, Department of Natural Science and Mathematics. In addition, Donn was among the first group of qualified applicants for mission specialist positions with NASA's space shuttle program in the early 1980s.

After the oil industry crash of 1986, Donn transitioned to the high-tech industry, working in marketing and technical communications positions for microprocessor leaders Motorola, Intel Corporation, and Marvell Semiconductor.

Throughout his professional careers, Donn continued to perform in various bands. His return to studying and performing classical guitar in 2000 has been the most rewarding for him, through his studies with Dr. Nicholas Ciraldo, Dr. Adam Holzman, and Dr. Matthew Hinsley. Today, Donn's music focus is on performing classical guitar arrangements of sacred music, traditional hymns, and inspired classical music for houses of worship around the country as well as other organizations and conferences.

Visit for more information on Donn's current and upcoming publications, live classical guitar performances, and speaking engagements.
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