Watch the Acoustic Poetica online guitar lesson by Peppino D'Agostino from Acoustic Poetica
Since the mid 60s, when I discovered the guitar through an Italian cousin of mine, this wonderful instrument has being a big part of my life. I have always loved to compose pieces for the guitar and I believe that my very first composition was written when I was 10 years old. "Acoustic Poetica" is a very appropriate title for my guitar course because composing music on my guitar is very much like writing poetry on a notepad. There are rhythms in the rhymes of a poem and there are rhythms in musical phrases. Both art forms can capture the essence of an experience, an emotion and express it in a visceral way which connects me to my audience.
A musical composition could also be very similar to a painting of a landscape. In a painting you may see the silhouette of a tree being closer than the mountain range in the background. In the same fashion, when you play a piece, you may want the melody to be upfront and louder than the chords in the background.
Sometimes people ask me to describe my guitar style and the risk in that is to limit myself. I love Melodies, Harmony, Rhythm so I try to put these elements together plus a percussive sound here and there. What's my style? I have no idea, but if you press me from now on I'll call it "Acoustic Poetica"!