CGC 004 Finding your voice on the guitar

//CGC 004 Finding your voice on the guitar

CGC 004 Finding your voice on the guitar

In this session I answer a question about the cookie cutter modern guitarist and look at ways to develop your own musical voice.


Mentioned in the podcast:

Cathedral Parkway (my band)

Ben Verdery and Billie Dean – Black Bach

Ben Verdery and Billie Dean – Start Now

Pavel Steidl

Aniello Desiderio

Gyan Riley

Marcin Dylla

Elliot Fisk

Julian Bream playing Jazz



2015-06-14T17:08:02+00:0012 Comments


  1. TonyS June 23, 2015 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Another great podcast Simon. There were some very interesting ideas there and the Barrios piece at the end was lovely.

  2. Brian Cullen June 24, 2015 at 3:14 am - Reply

    What a great podcast, I was unsure listening to this the first time but I am pleasantly surprised. I think you have somewhat a radio voice Simon! ;)
    I’ve never heard of Kazuhito Yamashita until now, thanks for sharing that, he’s such a stand out player, tonally a bit bashing on the melody like the Grigoryan bros but still very interesting sounds.

    Thanks for this podcast. I will listen to more and take on some of your ideas about becoming a more individual player.

    If you have time checkout my website, my new album is on there, cheers.

    • Simon June 27, 2015 at 8:32 pm - Reply

      Thanks Brian, just like everyone else that hears their own voice I am not a big fan of mine but gotta use what you’ve got!

      The next ones are interviews so it won’t just be me talking, hope you enjoy them.

  3. Manolo June 24, 2015 at 6:13 am - Reply

    Yes, another great podcast with many thoughtful ideas. I also love it when you tell all these anecdotes from personal experience, like the violinist telling you in the staircase he loved Bach on the guitar. Brilliant!

    • Simon June 27, 2015 at 8:33 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Manolo. I like hearing peoples stories too, glad you enjoyed the show!

  4. Marilynn Stark June 25, 2015 at 6:49 am - Reply

    This is a podcast with the power to encourage a secret garden to open the gate. There is no telling what light you may next shed that instructs as to direction for us students who rely on your words as if they have the very power of pre-destination. I am at a crossroads in a compositIon on guitar. Your expansive mind shows the compassion that seems to be part of a great musician’s character. This composition I am writing is entitled, “Blink the Magic Dragon.” I long for the day it is completed. Thank you for your guidance. I think along traditional lines, but then adapt over to the need to create something useful and pleasing — I am that kind of a musician. You make me feel that this is fine — I also listen for the musical expression itself in classical guitarists without expectation that we all interpret the score in the exact same way.

    Thank you profusely.

    • Simon June 27, 2015 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Marilynn for all your kind comments.

  5. larnold01462 July 2, 2015 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    I loved this podcast. Though I graduated as a classical guitar performance major from the Longy School in 1974, I now earn a living teaching in a suburban music store and playing gigs on classical guitar that require playing arrangements of popular songs – background music really. Somehow this podcast has helped me let go of the negative feelings that sometimes come up because I’m seldom playing for a listening audience and I’m teaching all styles and for me a classical guitar student is a rarity. I honor the fact that I have much invested in playing the classical guitar and play it every day but this podcast has helped me put it in perspective that bringing music into people’s lives really is important and that each person in the end will hopefully have a wonderful journey with music in their lives.

  6. Susan July 3, 2015 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    I really enjoyed this podcast. I bought your cd and think it’s really nice. I hear a lot of folk music (my husband loves it) and your mandolin really adds a lot to these songs. I am using your courses to learn guitar, not because I really want to be a classical guitar player (I like classical music, but would be hard pressed to name a favorite piece or even composer), but I like your methodical and structured approach.

  7. [email protected] July 18, 2015 at 11:02 am - Reply

    Great podcast, loved the Barrios piece on steel stringd

  8. Ruth Radford August 20, 2015 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    Nicely done; esp the Barrios on steel stringed guitar… so glad i have a classic parlor guitar to turn to when I get bored.

  9. moussa mawas September 7, 2016 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    wich kind of guitar you use i really like your guitar i mean the same guitar that you used in this video (Allegro op.50 by Mauro Giuliani)

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