Philip Hi teaches classical guitar at Del Mar College in Corpus Cristi & is also an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University/Corpus Christi. An accomplished and experienced concert classical guitarist, he has performed in the United States, Mexico, Germany, and New Zealand. In addition to his concert performances and teaching, he has also released 3 CDs and written some amazing books including this one, The Art of Virtuosity. This book is part of a series of books of the same name.
This beautifully written 40-page book shares Philip Hi’s 6 key principles and 3 virtuoso reality principles that are the basis for virtuosity. His writing style is simple and clear, making it accessible for many. Philip keeps jargons at a minimum and makes sure that the principles can be applied to any instrument. According to Philip, these principles are what he lives and teaches.
The AOV is a simple book.
It presents the foundations of virtuosity in six basic principles and shows you how to apply them to achieve effortless speed, power and precision.
I remember reading this book the first time many years ago when it first was released. It blew my mind then and even now as I read it again (12 years later), it still is a fine work.
In conclusion, this book is an invaluable work for artists. For full time musicians especially performers, this book can help give clarity and focus into your practice. Even though, the book contains no musical examples (notation), the thought process outlined in the book is very helpful and applicable for any instrumentalist.
Pros: Clear and inspiring writing. Elegant presentation and high quality. Purchase of PDF version includes unlimited updates to the version.
TLDR: For musicians interested to develop their playing to a high level, this concise book will give you a lot of food for thought!
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