Francisco, I think you have nailed the contradictions in Williams very well. While we, as guitarists, and nearly everyone else think of him as a guitarist, I suspect he thinks of himself as a musician to which he can bring his guitar skills. While his biography is much derided on this forum, it does offer some insights into his early years such as his father was always going to teach him the guitar. Len Williams was very persuasive and also a very good guitarist and probably a better teacher. By the time the family arrived in London John Williams was a competent guitarist. Most children, if they can do something well, will continue to do that. In John Williams case that got reinforced by a school headmaster allowing him to skip sports afternoons so he can practice; by an introduction to Segovia (don't forget he first went to Sienna at 15 where he was immersed in music by some of the truely great musicians of our time).Francisco wrote: ↑Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:36 amI watched part 1 of the interview and he comes accross as a likeable fellow. I intend to watch the other segments as time allows. But the relationship with the classical guitar that transpires from his comments is always rather ambiguous, and this is the case in other interviews with him that I've read. He finds the repertoire too thin and dull, he finds the right hand technique too constraining and opposed to to the rhythmic congeniality of up and down movement allowed by plectrum plahying... it is as if he was always wishing to escape from a room he finds too small, but never quite manages to do it. His impecable classical training made him an excellent sight reader, a skill he acknowledges he needed in order to compensate his relative lack of skill at figuring things out just by ear, on the fly, which is precisely a skill that most non-classical musicians possess. It is as if he kept trying to escape to a wider space than the narrow confines of the classical guitar world, but at the same time he feels like he doesn't quite fit in that other world either. Complicated character. But like I said, very likeable in the way he explains himself.
Because I think he regards himself as a musician rather than a guitarist it has led him to explore so many different musical avenues, even if not all of them have worked as he would have liked. Bream did more to enlarge the classical repertoire for the guitar but I think Williams has diversified more. Something which he continues to do hence the agreement to play with his daughter in a jazz gig.