I 'm glad Derek had a good time in Cuba; his discussion of trova needs some work, though. Trova, whether traditional or trova nueva, is distinguished by a singer-songwriter making poetic lyrics and original music, often accompanying himself on guitar, sometimes solo, sometimes with other musicians - duo, trios, quartets, sextets, and larger groups all exist, and the instruments include guitar, tres, mandolina and others. Some well known trova tradicional musicians are Sindo Garay, Compay Segundo, Eliades Ochoa. Some well-known trova nueva musicians are Carlos Puebla, who sort of spans the tradicional-nueva eras, Pablo Milanes, and the amazing Silvio Rodriguez, whose wildly popular concerts in unlikely venues are still the hottest ticket on the island, except maybe Los VanVan.
Guantanamera is the Romance of Cuban music, the "OMG not that again please" in spite of its poetic lyrics, taken from Jose Marti's Versos Sencillos and eventually tacked onto Joseito Fernandez's (probably) tune. Holguin is not a small town by Cuban standards, but a city, the capital of a province of the same name. Not much by European standards, perhaps, but think how tiny European cities would appear by Chinese standards. "Todo es segun el color del cristal con que se mira."
The basic thing about playing the guitar is the pleasure you get from it. There's nothing wrong with pleasure is there?