XGuitars Blog
by Kathryn Lambert

April 23, 2019

One Hand to Rule Them All: A glimpse into the fallacy of the left-handed disadvantage, from the perspective of another Southpaw

As a left-handed person, I am familiar with all of the inconveniences of living in a right-handed world. The discomfort of doing basic grade-school crafts involving scissors, being the oddball at tennis camp that's hazardous to stand next to during demonstrations if you're right-handed, and having a perpetual pen stain down the side of your hand after every essay written at school are all constant struggles. When I was young and starting to learn how to play classical guitar, I was asked by my teacher if I wanted to play a left-handed guitar...

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April 07, 2019

To Have And To Cling To

Almost every guitarist has had that moment of realization when they understand that whatever they’re doing with posture, it isn’t working. Maybe you start with a footstool, and after years of back pain and hearing your joints pop every time you stand up, you start looking for a new support system. Perhaps you even start with an ErgoPlay, and after that first suction cup fails to deliver, and you feel your instrument start to tumble out of your hands, you re-evaluate. This is not a new problem; the ideal way to support our instrument has plagued guitarists for years. From Sor’s use of a table to Aguado’s tripod contraption, guitarists have been searching for the ideal solution long before the invention of many modern supports. With new technology and ideas, we have certainly gained significant ground in this department! ...

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March 20, 2019

To Be Amplified Or To Not Be Amplified? That is the question that so many classical guitarists struggle with.

Many of us who have performed with any kind of chamber group are familiar with the issue of producing adequate volume with a classical guitar. From crossing out every dynamic marking other than forte or fortissimo to wearing down our nails to jagged little stubs attempting to coax every last decibel from the strings, we go to such great lengths to come close to matching our colleagues in volume. Even playing with one other bowed instrument can pose balance issues, so it’s almost always assumed that the guitarist should be amplified in groups that are larger in number. However...

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March 11, 2019

We Can Have Our Cake and Eat It Too: The various ways guitar builders make our instrument so personal

Choosing a guitar is a unique, fun, and extremely personal experience. While almost any instrument has different customizations that can be made and different sound qualities that can be achieved by the maker, virtually any part of the guitar can be changed according to the player or builder’s desire. Whether it’s choosing a custom rosette, tuners, particular woods for the back and sides, type of polish, or any of the myriad of personal touches, this freedom of style has appealed to instrument builders for centuries...

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March 10, 2019

Kathryn Lambert Bio

Kathryn Lambert began her classical guitar studies at the age of 6 under the direction of Polly Maynard-Watson of the Childbloom Guitar Program in Denton, Texas. She attended the Houston Classical Minds Festival at the age of 14, competed in an openlevel competition, participated in a masterclass with Randall Avers, and received private lessons with Isaac Bustos and Angleo Favis. During high school she competed in the Texas UIL Solo and Ensemble competition, and received superior ratings at both state and regional levels each year...

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