Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Webinar on classical guitar artistry held

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Patkai Christian College (Autonomous) held an international webinar, purportedly a first of its kind for the College on Tuesday, November 23 on “The Many Facets of a Classical Guitarist: Techniques, Performance, Health, and Pedagogical Issues”. The resource person for the webinar was Dr. Ren Merry.

Dr. Merry, who joined from Colorado, USA, where he teaches choral music and classical guitar classes at a 6-12 school and serves in the music ministry at Grace Church, Greeley, started the session by stating that that his philosophy on music with regard to the idea of music-making and teaching were largely shaped by his worldview as a believer in Christ and as one entrusted to engage in music, which is a gift from God, for His glory. According to him, it is vital for musicians to have one’s own musical philosophy for guidance and direction with greater clarity.
On techniques, Dr. Merry stated that it is vital to learn the instrument in a systematically manner and not to jump impatiently to harder pieces at the risk of causing serious injury to one’s hand. He stressed that musicians should acquire the art of teaching because performance alone would not help one to survive for long.
Dr. Merry began experimenting with stringed instruments as a teenager using cut bamboo stumps over which he tied copper wires. His first ‘real’ instrument was a Reynolds steel guitar- a gift from his uncle.
In 2010 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Classical Guitar education during the Calcutta International Classical Guitar Festival and Competition. Recently, he received the Governor’s Award in music from the Government of Nagaland. (Page News Service)