Playing Guitar is a rewarding passtime for many Americans, and an admired skill all over the world.
The tone of an acoustic guitar is produced by the strings’ vibration, amplified by the body, which acts as a resonating chamber.
There are three main types of modern acoustic guitar: the classical guitar (nylon-string guitar), the steel-string acoustic guitar, and the archtop guitar.
The classical guitar is often played as a solo instrument using a comprehensive fingerpicking technique.
The guitarist and composer Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909) was one of the great guitar virtuosos and teachers and is considered the father of modern classical guitar playing.
Other prominent classical guitarrist include: Andrés Segovia (1893-1987), John Williams (b.1941) and Xuefei Yang (b. 1977).
With roots from both the Midwest and the San Francisco Bay area, Matthew Purpura has had music in his life since he can remember. With his mother being a classical oboist, Matthew was exposed to music from a young age. His first instrument was flute, and then made the transition to guitar at age twelve. In 2006 Matthew made the move down to Southern California where he was part of the esteemed Applied Music Program at Santa Monica College. He then attended the USC Thornton School of Music (’11) where he was fortunate enough to study a wide range of musical genres from classical to popular music. In his time at USC Matthew studied under Tim Kobza, Steve Travto, Adam Del Monte, Russ Ferrante, Edwin Livingston, and many other great artists. He is the winner of the 2011 Thornton Outreach Ensemble Competition, and currently spends his time teaching and performing in the Los Angeles area. His other interests include long distance cycling trips, surfing, and Mandarin Chinese.