Mollbarre wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:09 am
Catire wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:30 pm
Well that narrows it down...
I'm sure Catire meant "one more than the 41 we already have", which means we agree.
More seriously, the modern "Spanish" guitar is relative young, and I think classical guitar technique is thus young and evolving. While it has always been somewhat informed by flamenco and lute technique, I think that today this is done more consciously and analytically, if that makes sense, even as we take what we need from the steel-string guitar world. The relatively recent phenomena of conservatories and academe opening up to the guitar, along with the internet, serve to bring guitar players and guitar teachers together and to make disparate methods more accessible to all. Plus there simply are more players and teachers worldwide, studying, learning, experimenting. We are a bigger community with more to share.
I also see a greater understanding of ergonomics informing instrument teaching, including guitar.
Meanwhile, as with other instruments, geniuses emerge and push the bar upward. I think this is true not just of performers, but teachers, scholars, researchers, and even writers and book designers.
So, contemporary refinements or approaches to technique and learning can take advantage of all this. I think the effects are only beginning to be seen in method books and I'm eager to see what's next.
I also want to note that Scott Tennant took pains to dispel the idea that "Pumping Nylon" is a method book, calling it more a handy reference for the exercises he used in teaching. One might say something similar about Iznaola's "Kitharologus" despite its progressive arrangement, and Lee Ryan introduces his "The Natural Classical Guitar" as a reference rather than a method. There are a number of other books that seek to fill in what method books tend to leave out, like Vardanyan's "Complete Warmup" and Martha Masters' "Reaching the Next Level".
Hey, I didn't realize that Masters wrote her own method for Alfred until I checked on that last title. Maybe there's room for more than 42... [Edit: one more.]