I must get to know him better. Is he a no-nail player? I thought I saw a thumbnail at least.
What he is doing there is close to what I would like to be doing once I get my Kevin Aram Torres around March next year, with gut strings. Similar repertoire too. I guess I don't have to now! I can just save my money, and spend my time enjoying his recordings
It doesn't work that way, though, does it? I'll spend lots of money, and take up thousands of hours of dedication, then end up watching this video over and over!
I noticed that he seems to play with at least a thumb nail as well. However, in numerous interviews I've read that he does, indeed, play without nails (toque de yema
). Carles had both Emilio Pujol and Eduardo Sainz de la Maza as teachers. In one very interesting interview that I read he describes how there was a certain amount of friction between these two great guitarists--the former being a proponent of playing without nails, while the latter espoused only the use of nails--and rather strongly, at that. At a certain point, apparently, de la Maza's insistence on the use of nails, along with his general disparagement of Pujol, caused a kind of falling out between de la Maza and Carles Trepat.
I just love this recital. It really made me fall in love again with this repertoire. In his beautiful, understated way of playing, Carles Trepat communicates so much more--and at a much deeper level--than so many of these latter day technical wizzes we see running around.