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Classical Guitar Retreat, Competition and Interview with Matthew McAllister



The brilliant Scottish Classical Guitarist Matthew

McAllister (lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire in

Glasgow), who runs the Classical Guitar Festival 'Classical Guitar Retreat', recently came to visit me in the workshop. We had been chatting since November 2023, put in touch after my mentor Michael Ritchie recommended me for Matthews upcoming competition. With the idea that I will make the 1st prize Classical Guitar for a competition at this years Retreat

(in July), this competition will be open to young

upcoming musicians who will have to put forth

their entries and then a small selection will go to the festival for the final. (Will add details of the competition when we have more). The guitar I am making is a traditional 650mm

scale Classical, European Spruce top,

Indian Rosewood back/sides, Cedar neck,

Indian Rosewood bridge, fingerboard and headplate.


With Irving Sloane machine heads.

Made using the Spanish construction methods

I utilise in my craft. While Matthew was visiting,

we filmed an interview and Matthew tried

out my latest guitar, I will embed the interview below:





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