I have been playing classical guitar since the age of twenty and have been teaching it for many years. Of course, I have always been interested in international guitar competitions that present the best candidates with the result of first, second and third prizes. Today, in the age of computers, we can travel all over the world on our computer to learn about the topic we are interested in. As far as I’m concerned, it is precisely that of guitarists.

In this world of competition in musical interpretation, what is revealing is precisely all that supports the development of the excessive ego, to be better than the others with as a reward an instrument of very high quality decorated with a recording contract in a reputable record company to launch one’s career. Only the big winner, the number one will be entitled to these privileges. In a world dominated by money and competition with others, everyone becomes a slave in this universe where everyone has to find their place. The poison of the ego is not only the one that pushes someone to surpass others, but also the one that becomes your own enemy by preventing you from being in the moment, by being focused on yourself with a boastful and smug look rather than being focused on the essence of the music. This can be seen when some musicians draw large arabesques in the air with their arms before reaching the keys of their instrument. Useless gestures since other musicians playing the same pieces can excel and be justly the best without trying to be the best, by being totally in the moment, without useless and superfluous gestures to impress the gallery. Some performers can be so full of themselves that they forget the essential thing, which is to revive the genius of a composer. Again the ego talking. How not to be touched by the words of Maitreya Rael when he says, “There is no winner in consciousness, but differences.” A little further on, he says, “The ego is the poison of consciousness.” Rael Academy COMPETITION

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In 2020, several hundred classical guitarists around the world can claim to have achieved the necessary virtuosity to play the repertoire that requires special skills, among others in long sonatas and concertos. This is no longer surprising. Should each of them brag about their talent and wow the gallery or simply offer it with humility as a precious gift where art takes on its full meaning, that of bringing pleasure to others.

Whether it is in painting, literature or music, our beautiful planet could become a place of perpetual pleasure with the sole concern of giving to others and not trying to surpass others.

 

Jean Renaud
Columnist for the Raelian Church
October 2020

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