Tour the Twang Dynasty

Preface

“The book you are holding is going to be a must-have for lovers of the guitar. In this country of ours we are reticent about singing our own praise, not for want of deserving lots of it. It’s been my privilege to meet many of the players within, from John Williams to some talented youngsters and future stars. I also played many of the fine instruments made here, and I am proud and thankful to be included in the book. Enjoy it and continue to be involved in the progress of this noble instrument.”
George Golla, Sydney, 2011

 

 

 

Forward

“It’s been thrilling to have been involved in the Australian guitar scene over the last twenty or so years. The growth in the number of internationally acclaimed guitarists, covering many genres of music, has been staggering.

Classical guitar ensembles and orchestras are growing greatly in numbers and radio stations are promoting the instrument with much greater frequency than anywhere else in the world. More and more kids are picking up the guitar at schools because their local guitar heroes are either topping charts in the US, headlining major festivals in Europe or performing with some of the worlds leading orchestras.

Why has there been such an explosion of great players, luthiers and composers in a country that is so far away from the rest of the world? Maybe our isolation had a positive effect, particularly before the age of travel that we have become accustomed to in recent years. Maybe students and players weren’t as affected by traditions and rules and were allowed to follow their own musical paths. Maybe it’s got to do with our immigrant past and the incredible blend of musical cultures that all musicians in this country have been exposed to. Whatever the reason, it’s been working spectacularly well.

For many years, Ron Payne has been studying this rich history of guitar culture in Australia. Finally, this impressive volume has been put together and will certainly introduce many readers to the players, makers, composers and great characters that played a part in creating such a rich history for this instrument in our country.”
– Slava Grigoryan, Melbourne, 2011