FAQs for Annalisa Ewald of Connecticut

Q: What type of music do you play?
A: I perform many types of music including contemporary, European and Latin American classics from composers written anywhere from the 16th century up to the present (including some Flamenco).
Q: What is a classical guitar?
A: A classical guitar has 6 strings, either all-nylon or nylon wrapped in metal thread. It is also called a Spanish guitar.  Before nylon, animal gut was used.
Q: What is the difference between a classical guitar and an acoustic guitar
A: They are both technically acoustic guitars because they make sound without being amplified, but usually an acoustic guitar refers to that fact that it has steel strings.  A classical guitar is picked or strummed with the fingers (no pick) and has internal bracing that is uniquely designed to project warm tonal sounds.
Q:Is the music played on a classical guitar different from music for a steel string guitar?
A: Yes, classical guitar music was written specifically for the nylon-stringed guitar and takes advantage of its warm and intimate tonal characteristics. As a much older instrument, the classical guitar has hundreds of years of music written for it and contemporary music can be played on it as well.  The sound of a classical guitar is much more flexible and therefore its music has a much different range of sonic shapes.  Classical guitars are generally playing interwoven strings of notes, polyphony, and steel-stringed guitars are generally playing chords and scales and have more frets.
Q: Why do many guitarists consider the classical guitar to be a superior instrument?
A: With a solid understanding of classical guitar skills the transition to other guitars like acoustic and electric is relatively easier.
Q: Why is classical guitar so highly sought after for weddings and prestigious social events?
A: People have an emotional response to analog music, much greater than to digital, and the sound of a classical guitar is designed for immediacy and warmth.The music played on it is a from a huge repertoire available spanning the very best from over 600 years from many countries. Plus, it is not heard every day and it takes a considerable amount of talent to play it properly, so a live performance creates an uplifting memory of the special occasion.

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Q: Is a classical guitar loud enough to perform in a large room?
A: Classical guitars are designed to project sound and with state-of-the-art sound systems (I have several), amplification can be very subtle: all you and your guests hear is a guitar loud enough to make its presence felt over conversation, or in an open-air ceremony or concert situation. A good amplification system does NOT change the sonic quality of the guitar.  I even have a portable battery operated system that has provided amazing sound quality in some of the most beautiful and remote locations.
Q: Can classical guitars perform contemporary songs?
A: Absolutely, many current songs make great classical guitar compositions (just ask, I can give a specific answer for each song.)
Q: My child wants to learn to play guitar. Why study classical guitar?
A: The way a classical guitar student is taught to use his/her hands and fingers makes sure that any other kind of guitar music is within reach, and far easier with a classical background.
Q: Do you teach adults?
A: Most definitely, I teach beginners, intermediates and advanced student and we have a great time doing it.
Q: Do students need to learn to read music, or can they just pick pieces up by ear?
A: The ear is a great thing, but reading music means you are able to communicate with musicians from many centuries and countries. Written music is a universal language. And it’s fun to learn!
Q: It sounds great but can I afford it?
Q: My rates are competitive and packages offering discounts are available for both teaching and performances.  Give me a call and I will do my best to create a great experience that fits your budget.
Q: What kind of performances do you do?
A: I play everything from concerts, music festivals, upscale corporate events, wine tasting parties (these are fun) and also weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, barmitzvahs, batmitzvahs.
Q: Do you sing?
A: I do not sign professionally, but I do like to and I am getting better all the time!

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