Violin Master Class
Monday, January 20, 2020
Internationally renowned, Paul Galbraith is one of the finest active guitarists today, as well as a brilliant innovator. With the help of the eight-string “Brahms Guitar”, an instrument he developed together with David Rubio, he has expanded both the limits of the instrument and the quality and breadth of its repertoire. Several highly acclaimed recordings attest to these developments, as well as to his searching artistic temperament and mastery.
In the Spring of 1984, Paul came across a more natural, comfortable and expressive way of playing the guitar. Instead of using the traditional classical guitar posture, he hit upon a radically different solution to guitar posture: holding the guitar between the knees, sitting cross-legged on the floor. This enabled, for the first time, equal freedom of movement for both arms. Just weeks after discovering the new posture, Paul was already using it for his concerts, to the surprise and shock of the musical press.
Two years into his fully-developed vertical guitar posture, in 1989, Paul returned to touring, beginning with a critically acclaimed recital in his old home city of Edinburgh, at the Queen’s Hall. The Sunday Times dubbed his new posture “revolutionary”… “the results were truly remarkable, with an amazing clarity and a huge dynamic range…the audience was held spellbound”.