Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sunday Stills: The Letter G

Many people out in the blogosphere know me as an artist, photographer, botanist, and the crazy chicken lady. But there's another big side to my life I don't tend to blog about: I am an accomplished guitarist and I teach a handful of students every week. I studied at the college level with Javier Calderon, one of Segovia's students. Farmer Rick and I do a couple of benefit concerts each year as fundraisers for our local library.

So for today's challenge I bring you the Guitar!

The sound hole of a classical guitar is traditionally encircled with a rosette.

On closer inspection it is a mosaic comprised of thousands of independent flakes of colored wood veneer precisely cut and glued into an intricate design pattern. Since it is done by hand it is one of the most time-consuming parts of building a guitar and is often considered the luthier's signature.

I like how the tree above is reflected in the face of the guitar. It feels like the first real day of spring here, so I'm out the door to enjoy some gardening!

For more on the letter G, visit Sunday Stills!


thecrazysheeplady said...


Anonymous said...

WOW! That's just lovely. I'd love to hear you play one day. :)

I have a dulcimer hidden away in the closet that I need to get out and teach myself to play. Nice an sunny here too, but I'm afraid to rush the gardening as we could have another frost or two. :)

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Bite your tongue, Sage! Spring??? It's snowing abd blowing like a blizzard here today and will probably snow all wekk. bleh!

Beautiful photos...gorgeous guitar! I'd love to hear you play sometime.


Anonymous said...

Gorgeous Guitar Girl!!

Shirley said...

Guitar girl- who knew! Do you play classical or folk?

flowerweaver said...

Actually, I play it all--classical, folk, celtic, British fingerstyle, jazz, swing, ragtime, pop, country.

My students range in their tastes, so it keeps me on my toes...or would it be my fingers?

Ed said...

Very nice and a beautiful Guitar..:-)

Callie said...

Thank you for the beautiful photos and explanation of the rosette. Truly a lovely instrument!

Anonymous said...

Neat blog today, Sage. I just looked to see if Hank Willam's acoustic guitar had a rosette as ornate as yours, The photo did not really show a close-up of that area of his,
but, anyway; I learned something new, today, about guitars.

Anonymous said...

Guitar...never though of that and my brother is a music major. Reminds me of all the times he makes me take photos of them!

Maybe you should make a video of you playing.


Brenda said...

Beautiful detail!

CTG Ponies said...

Excellent pics!

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