Santa Barbara Guitar Lessons

The modern classical guitar traces its origins to 19th-century Spain, in particular the instrument as designed by Antonio de Torres. The upper strings are made from gut or now more commonly nylon, and are plucked with the right hand. Andres Segovia propelled the Spanish guitar to worldwide acclaim, and trained the next generation of classical guitarists.

For the young guitarist aspiring to play in the Spanish-classical tradition, the Suzuki guitar method serves as a great technical foundation for achieving this aim. It begins with the “Twinkle Variations,” where students work on their developing independent right-hand fingers using rest strokes. After playing single-line melodies, the end of book 1 already introduces using the thumb for playing bass notes against the melody. By book 3 students are playing intricate Renaissance pieces such as “Packington’s Pound” and standard classical pieces.



David Malvinni, Ph.D., is now accepting students in his guitar studio, from beginner to advanced, all ages. Beginner Suzuki students focus on a wide range of material covering standard Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical pieces. More advanced students learn Spanish and Modern classical repertoire.


After playing popular and jazz guitar, David’s began his classical guitar studies as a high school student with Phillip De Fremery, a former Segovia and Oscar Ghiglia pupil who is the Guitar Professor at Mount Holyoke College and the Five Colleges consortium. He continued his studies with de Fremery while completing his Master’s degree in Musicology at UMass, Amherst. He has performed in master classes for Benjamin Verdery, Eliot Fisk, and David Tannenbaum among others, and had recitals at such places as St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC and the Humboldt Bach Festival in Northern California. 

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